CLEAN ENERGY JOBS: Advanced transportation drove clean energy job growth in Michigan last year, according to a new report analyzing federal jobs data. (MiBiz)
• Michigan and Ohio are uniquely positioned for clean energy job growth based on their auto manufacturing legacies and recent federal policy, the report says. (Toledo Blade)
• Clean energy employment grew 5.5% in Missouri and 7% in Indiana, while Wisconsin saw more sluggish job growth than the rest of the region. (News Tribune, WVPE, Wisconsin Public Radio)
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• Wisconsin regulators deny a utility group’s request for more time to gather evidence in a high-stakes case over third-party solar financing. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Solar or storage projects are planned at several former or soon-to-close coal plants, including in Illinois and Minnesota. (Fast Company)
BATTERIES: Ohio will offer roughly $156.3 million in incentives to help lure a battery manufacturing project planned by Honda and LG. (Columbus Dispatch)
NUCLEAR: Two Canadian companies announce a strategic partnership to acquire Westinghouse Electric for nearly $7.9 billion, creating a North American nuclear energy powerhouse that owns generation and uranium supplies. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)
TRANSPORTATION: Chicago transit advocates raise concerns over a state transportation plan that calls for more expressway lanes instead of prioritizing public transit. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• DTE Energy is increasing its grid infrastructure spending in part to support electric vehicle adoption and broader electrification, officials say. (CBS Detroit)
• Ameren submits a plan to state regulators for a short transmission line in northern Illinois that the utility says would reduce outages and shorten restoration times. (WLPO)
UTILITIES: Ohio communities increasingly consider gas and electric aggregation programs in hopes of securing lower energy prices through collective negotiations. (Dayton Daily News)
• A developer files plans for a 559 MW wind project in northeastern Kansas that would contribute roughly $7.5 million in county revenue over the next 10 years. (Washington County News)
• County officials hold an informational meeting for a planned 60-turbine wind project in southeastern Iowa. (Radio Iowa)
• A central Michigan township considers more restrictive wind energy siting regulations after local officials failed to advance a previous version for several months. (Daily News)
Minnesota Future of Gas Campaign Seeks Coordinator
Minnesota’s Future of Gas Campaign, co-led by Fresh Energy, CUB Minnesota, and COPAL, is seeking proposals for a Campaign Coordinator to help build the campaign and be responsible for implementation of campaign strategies.
CLIMATE: A conference in Madison, Wisconsin, next week will examine the state’s efforts to mitigate climate change. (WUWM)
COMMENTARY: Minnesota activists say carbon pipelines are risky and currently “dangerously unregulated,” raising concerns that projects are primarily being pursued for profit. (MinnPost)