RENEWABLES: A backlash against renewable energy is boiling up in pockets across the country, with the most active resistance coming from Ohio. (Capital Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Ford halts production of its F-150 Lightning pickup truck because of a possible battery problem discovered during pre-delivery inspections. (CNN)
• The Biden administration announces that Tesla will start to open parts of its charging network to other automakers’ electric vehicles. (E&E News)
• The Missouri House advances a bill to block cities from requiring developers to install electric vehicle charging stations in new construction. (Post-Dispatch)
An electric luxury boat developed by a Minnesotan and former Tesla executive expects to begin deliveries in the second quarter of 2024. (Axios) 

OHIO: A witness in the public corruption trial of former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder describes a $15,000 off-the-books payment and its connection to what a utility executive referred to as a “black op.” (Capital Journal)    

ELECTRIFICATION: Minnesota lawmakers introduce a bill to ban the sale of new gas-powered lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and weed whippers starting in 2025. (Minnesota Reformer)

WIND:
• An Iowa State University team is selected to compete in a U.S. Department of Energy collegiate wind turbine design competition. (news release)
• An Illinois county board postpones a vote on a proposed wind farm after its chair was unable to attend a meeting due to a medical issue. (Journal-Republican)

SOLAR: An Ameren Missouri official says a recently approved 200 MW solar project will create about 250 jobs and power over 40,000 homes. (93.9 The Eagle) 

EFFICIENCY: A Michigan weatherization program is helping more residents lower their utility bills after raising the income threshold for participants. (MLive)

PIPELINES: The Keystone pipeline continues to operate at reduced volumes following a December leak that spilled about 14,000 barrels in Kansas. (S&P Global)

BIOMASS: A $3.5 million biomass boiler that will burn hemlock is under construction in Wisconsin as part of a lumber manufacturing facility. (WBAY-TV)  

COMMENTARY:
• An environmental advocate writes that clean energy is a better option than expensive natural gas to replace a retiring Iowa coal plant. (Sierra Club)
• Ohio needs stronger regulations to limit methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas wells, writes a regional director for the Ohio Environmental Council. (Columbus Dispatch)

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Dan has two decades' experience working in print, digital and broadcast media. Prior to joining the Energy News Network as managing editor in December 2017, he oversaw watchdog reporting at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, part of the USA Today Network, and before that spent several years as a freelance journalist covering energy, business and technology. Dan is a former Midwest Energy News journalism fellow and a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.