• A federal appeals court rejects a challenge to Biden administration regulations requiring reductions in pollution that blows across state lines from coal plants in mostly Midwest and Northeast states. (Reuters)
• Cook County, Illinois, contributes more to smog pollution violations in other states than anywhere else in the country, according to federal data. (Chicago Tribune)

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• Prosecutors counter claims by supporters of Ohio’s power plant bailout law that it was meant to save ratepayers more than $1 billion. (Ohio Capital Journal)
• The Republican operative and whistleblower who first exposed corruption at the heart of the power plant bailout law says he feels vindicated after years of torment. (ABC 5)

UTILITIES: Detroit utility DTE Energy may be under-reporting the number of recent outages in its territory as winter storms have left thousands of customers without power for several days. (WDIV)

GRID: Xcel Energy hosts a public open house in Minnesota for landowners who might be affected by a proposed 160- to 180-mile renewable energy transmission line. (West Central Tribune)

• Xcel Energy’s proposed $192 million investment in charging stations in Minnesota faces pushback from state officials, gas station owners, and others who question whether ratepayers should pay for the project. (Star Tribune)
• Global electronics manufacturer Foxconn acquires Midwest properties in hopes of building a major electric vehicle manufacturing presence. (Reuters)
• Automaker Stellantis moves closer to shuttering an Illinois manufacturing plant as it prepares to shift production to electric vehicles. (Telegraph Herald)

PIPELINES: A survey of rural bank CEOs in Midwest and Plains states shows that a majority of them support carbon capture pipelines as long as farmers are adequately compensated for hosting projects. (Bismarck Tribune)

NUCLEAR: The owner of a southwestern Michigan nuclear plant submits its second request for federal funds to help it potentially reopen. (Herald Palladium)

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CLIMATE: A University of Iowa graduate student from Chile has emerged as one of the top climate change advocates in the world through his work founding the Global Methane Hub. (Daily Iowan)

COMMENTARY: A public policy analyst notes that the law at the center of a major corruption trial in Ohio was also bad policy that is stalling renewable energy development and contributing to more power-sector emissions. (Ohio 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.