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CLIMATE: The growing need for air conditioning in Ohio schools shows one way climate change is increasing costs to local taxpayers across the country. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: Canada invokes a 1977 treaty for the second time in less than a year, this time to prevent the shut down of the Line 5 pipeline in Wisconsin. (Reuters)

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BATTERIES: LG Energy Solution and Honda announce plans for a $4.4 billion electric vehicle battery plant in the U.S., which Ohio officials hope to land despite lingering concerns about the HB 6 scandal. (ABC 5)

SOLAR: A developer completes a 2.7 MW community solar project in Illinois that features native, pollinator-friendly vegetation. (Solar Power World)

OIL & GAS: The U.S. EPA temporarily lifts a federal rule on fuel sales in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin in response to a fire last week at an Indiana refinery. (Associated Press)

GRID:
• More than 400,000 utility customers in Indiana and Michigan lost power on Monday as severe storms moved through the region. (WTHR)
• State regulators approve a certificate of necessity for a planned 94-mile transmission line through eastern Kansas. (KZRG)

WIND:
• A Kansas clean energy entrepreneur sees major potential in combining wind power and underground storage to produce hydrogen. (Kansas Reflector)
• A Kansas appeals court rules in favor of opponents of a large-scale wind project who gathered petitions and forced a county vote that ultimately rejected the project. (Hutchinson News)

TRANSPORTATION: University of Michigan researchers find that a U.S. Postal Service analysis comparing lifetime emissions for new electric and gas-powered vehicles underestimated gas vehicle emissions by about 15%. (Michigan Radio)

COMMENTARY:
• An Iowa editorial board says it’s “too bad” the state’s only nuclear power plant has been decommissioned and will be virtually impossible to restart to provide reliable, carbon-free power. (Corridor Business Journal)
• Michigan clean energy advocates say Consumers Energy’s latest long-term plan is a “significant step toward jump-starting Michigan’s clean energy transition,” yet other utilities in the state have further to go. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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Andy Balaskovitz

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.