GRID: Major storms knocked out power to more than 900,000 Ohio utility customers last year, and experts say the problems could get worse if utilities don’t do more to prepare the grid for climate change. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Utility officials describe “unprecedented” grid infrastructure damage in western North Dakota following a weekend blizzard that brought snow, rain, ice and strong winds. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Federal energy regulators issue a proposal that would require transmission providers to develop new planning processes and 20-year plans to build regional transmission with shared costs. (Canary Media)

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CARBON CAPTURE: Nebraska and Indiana are among recent states to enact laws that place long-term liability on the public, rather than private company operators, for storing carbon emissions deep underground. (Inside Climate News)

SOLAR:
• Xcel Energy seeks to build a 460 MW solar project on roughly 3,200 acres near a former central Minnesota coal plant that advocates say is indicative of the state’s clean energy transition. (MPR News)
• Panel installation begins at a 50 MW solar project in southern Wisconsin. (Channel 3000)

UTILITIES: FirstEnergy executives say they are making progress on revamping company culture and regaining an investment-grade rating amid an ongoing corruption scandal. (Utility Dive)

RENEWABLES: Renewable energy provided 28% of Minnesota’s electricity generation in 2021 while the state’s power sector emissions have dropped 40% over the past decade. (PV Magazine)

PIPELINES: Michigan pipeline critics say a plan to tunnel Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac is counter to the state’s recently announced 2050 climate action plan. (Metro Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford plans to scale up production of its electric F150 truck over the next year to be early in what’s expected to be a competitive segment of electric vehicles. (CNBC)

OIL & GAS:
• Suspending gasoline taxes to help reduce costs for consumers is ineffective compared to rebates and other measures that encourage people to drive less, researchers find. (Governing)
• Advocates discover excessive levels of radioactivity in soil samples collected near an oilfield waste processing facility in eastern Ohio. (DeSmog)

BIOFUELS:
• Iowa Republicans near a legislative deal that would require gas stations to sell fuel with higher blends of ethanol year-round. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)
• Delta Air Lines signs a seven-year contract to purchase biofuel from a southwestern Minnesota production facility. (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• Environmental advocates call for a 100% renewable energy target by 2030 in Columbia, Missouri. (Columbia Missourian)
• The president of the Missouri Farm Bureau says state lawmakers need to act quickly to enact landowner protections from electric transmission projects. (Missouri Times)

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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.