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TRANSMISSION: Conservation groups want state regulators to revoke key permits for a controversial transmission line through southern Wisconsin until state agencies conduct a “lawful” environmental review. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Electric truck startup Rivian says it’s on track to achieve its production target of 25,000 vehicles this year at its Normal, Illinois, factory. (Reuters)
• Some Ohio lawmakers question whether a bill to incentivize EV manufacturing and adoption would drive up electricity demand. (RTO Insider, subscription)
• Top congressional Democrats say the U.S. Postal Service needs to abandon an $11.3 billion plan to replace aging delivery vehicles with low fuel-economy models in favor of more zero-emission trucks. (Washington Post)

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PIPELINES: Citing a lack of legal precedent, a Minnesota tribal court last month dealt a setback to Line 3 opponents after dismissing a suit against a state agency filed on behalf of wild rice in a rights of nature case. (Mother Jones)

SOLAR: Eastern Nebraska officials consider plans for a 1.7 MW community solar project for Nebraska Public Power District customers. (Plattsmouth Journal)

STORAGE: Rising lithium prices underscore the need to develop alternative battery storage technologies and diversify from lithium-ion models, experts say. (Utility Dive)

RENEWABLES: Purdue University researchers find that about two-thirds of Indiana counties have wind and solar zoning regulations. (WFYI)

EFFICIENCY: Ohio will receive up to $172 million in federal weatherization funding to support household energy efficiency projects. (Mahoning Matters)

CYBERSECURITY: Experts say the Biden administration’s move to release the identities of alleged Russian cybersecurity hackers of a Kansas nuclear plant is unique and escalates tensions between the two countries. (Flatland)

COMMENTARY:
• An attorney representing Kansas industrial energy users says state regulators will make key decisions on whether a proposed 89-mile transmission project should be granted eminent domain rights. (Wichita Eagle)
• A northern Michigan tribal leader says any claims about the safety of the Line 5 pipeline “should be met with the strongest level of skepticism.” (Wisconsin State Journal)

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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.