• The U.S. Department of Energy will provide a $2.5 billion loan to a joint venture by General Motors and LG that is opening battery manufacturing plants in Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. (CNN)
• Stellantis will close an Illinois production facility and lay off 1,350 employees, citing increasing costs related to electric vehicle production. (CNN)

PIPELINES: Federal regulators order the Keystone pipeline’s operator to temporarily shut down part of the pipeline until it completes an investigation of last week’s 14,000-barrel crude oil spill in Kansas. (Kansas Reflector)

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• A planned gasification plant and refinery in Gary, Indiana, to convert regional trash into jet fuel faces strong opposition from local environmental advocates. (Inside Climate News)
• Local officials and private companies are still seeking a long-term solution for handling waste from a former Nebraska plant that was shut down over pollution concerns. (Lincoln Journal Star)

• Minnesota wind project operators examine the potential for recycling turbine blades, though most options remain cost-prohibitive. (Star Tribune)
• Developers pursuing a 200 MW North Dakota wind project hope to start commercial operations by 2025. (KFYR)
• Rural Michigan school districts say they would face budget deficits if Consumers Energy is allowed to claw back millions of dollars in disputed tax revenues from wind turbines. (MLive)

• More than 100 health care professionals urge Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker to set targets for phasing out diesel fuel engines in exchange for electric trucks to reduce emissions. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• Advocates work to strengthen air quality monitoring in greater Cleveland and seek new ways of identifying sources of air pollution to cause enforcement actions. (Eye on Ohio)

• Ohio township officials consider a plan to ban utility-scale solar projects as allowed under a recent state law. (Yellow Springs News)
• A 150 MW solar project starting construction next summer will be the largest solar project in Iowa. (WGEM)
• A northern Michigan city is analyzing the results of a study that considered ways to power a wastewater treatment plant with solar. (Traverse City Ticker)

COAL: Residents criticize Omaha Public Power District officials for a lack of outreach as the utility plans continued operations of a North Omaha coal plant. (Omaha World-Herald)

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UTILITIES: Michigan officials encourage residents to sign up for bill assistance programs as residential natural gas prices are expected to jump nearly 30% this winter. (MLive)

• A Wisconsin editor says We Energies’ most recent rate increase could push residents to call for municipally owned utilities. (Capital Times)
• A Kansas ratepayer advocate says state regulators should strengthen utility energy efficiency programs to save customers money amid escalating energy costs. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

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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.