ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Amazon receives local approval to add 400 electric vehicle charging stations at one of its distribution hubs in southeastern Wisconsin, signaling the company’s plans to transition to electric delivery vehicles. (Journal Times)

ALSO: Companies plan to invest more than $700 million to boost U.S. manufacturing capacity for electric vehicle chargers, which could add at least 2,000 jobs while making charging stations more accessible. (Reuters)

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UTILITIES: Ohio utilities collectively seek $400 million in additional annual charges from customers as part of rate increase requests, which critics say come as inflation is already hurting consumers. (Ohio Capital Journal)

RENEWABLES: Renewable energy sector jobs grew in 2021 while fossil fuel jobs declined even as production increased, according to the U.S. Energy Department. (CNN)

COAL: State and local elected officials in Illinois call on the owner of a lakeshore coal plant to completely remove coal ash storage pits from the site. (Daily Herald)

SOLAR:
• An eastern Ohio school district considers a proposal to add solar panels to multiple buildings that could reduce electric bills by nearly $400,000 over the life of the project. (The Review)
• After passing a solar zoning ordinance early this year, southwestern Iowa county officials plan to revise certain components of the rules at upcoming meetings. (KMALand)
• Alliant Energy and local officials break ground on a 90-acre solar project in Dane County, Wisconsin. (WMTV)
• Ameren Missouri plans to acquire a 200 MW solar project as it seeks to add 2,800 MW of solar to its portfolio by 2030. (Renewables Now)
• Experts hold a solar energy town hall in a central Michigan township as a developer pursues a 500-acre project there. (Greenville Daily News)
• Local officials approve tax abatement requests for two solar projects in southwestern Indiana. (WTHI)

OIL & GAS:
• Four Minnesota cities receive state funding to help determine whether leaded gasoline from leaking storage sites is putting drinking water supplies at risk. (MPR News)
• The Biden administration’s plan to hold lease sales for new oil and gas drilling on public lands starting this week draws criticism from both industry and clean energy groups. (The Hill)

NUCLEAR: A southeastern Michigan nuclear plant is in the process of coming back online after an electrical issue outside the plant on Friday caused an unexpected shutdown. (Toledo Blade)

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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.