TRANSMISSION: The latest lawsuit against a Wisconsin transmission project is the fourth by conservation advocates, though a national clean energy group recently highlighted its potential to help deliver wind and solar power. (Wisconsin State Journal)

NUCLEAR: Exelon CEO Chris Crane says achieving the same amount of zero-emissions power through renewables and storage as Illinois’ nuclear plants would cost consumers $80 billion. (Utility Dive)

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PIPELINES:
• The Anishinabek Nation says the Canadian government is putting the oil and gas industry ahead of the Great Lakes with its support for the Line 5 pipeline. (Canadian Press)
• Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. says shutting down the Line 5 pipeline is not a threat to Canada’s national energy security. (CBC)
• Ohio state officials rally to support refinery workers in opposition to Michigan officials’ attempt to shut down the Line 5 pipeline. (Toledo Blade, subscription)
• TC Energy reports $1.8 billion in quarterly losses from impairment charges related to the Keystone XL pipeline suspension, while the company plans to decide the project’s future next month. (Reuters, E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says central Illinois can play a key role in supporting electric vehicle infrastructure buildout in President Biden’s infrastructure plan. (WGLT)
• U.S. automakers are in a “space race” to create the next industry-shifting electric vehicle battery. (MPR News)

SOLAR: Minnesota Power plans a 21 MW solar project sourced with locally made arrays. (Duluth News Tribune)

WIND:
• A 300 MW wind project comes online in southeastern Kansas. (KSNF)
• County officials in western Illinois prepare a resolution opposing state legislation that would limit local control over wind energy siting. (Herald-Whig)

OIL & GAS: Energy Transfer Partners expects to gain roughly $2.4 billion in revenue from the winter storm that disrupted U.S. markets in February. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: Kansas City utility Evergy more than doubled its earnings in the first quarter compared to the same period last year as a result of high wholesale energy prices. (Kansas Reflector)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy has been a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News since 2014, following four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. He covers the state of Michigan and also compiles the Midwest Energy News daily email digest. Andy is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, where he focused on topics covered by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and wrote for the Great Lakes Echo. He was the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Edward Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Environmental Journalism at Michigan State.