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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• 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)

• 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)

• 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 compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.