EMISSIONS: DTE Energy investors voted down a shareholder climate proposal last week by a wide margin, with 72% rejecting the measure to include “scope 3” carbon emissions from end-user natural gas consumption in the utility’s climate targets. (Energy News Network/Planet Detroit)

PIPELINES:
• Landowners are growing resentful about the time, energy and resources they may need to invest to fend off carbon pipeline proposals that would cut through their property. (South Dakota News Watch)
• Michigan environmental groups continue to push for the shutdown of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac one year after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Enbridge to stop its operations there. (WLUC)

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SOLAR:
• Clean energy advocates urge Missouri Gov. Mike Parson to sign legislation that would prevent homeowner associations from banning solar installations, create tax exemptions on solar equipment and commission a value of solar study. (KTTN)
• Utility officials expect tens of thousands of acres will be needed to accommodate Consumers Energy’s planned 8,000 MW solar buildout in Michigan by 2040. (MLive)
• A suburban Kansas City county board will review proposed utility-scale solar regulations again next month following differences between local planners and elected officials. (FOX 4)
• Eastern Michigan farmers are divided over plans for a 100 MW solar project that supporters say would help property owners diversify their income. (FOX 2)
• A Muncie, Indiana, committee studying potential commercial solar regulations weighs competing interests from landowners. (Star Press)
• A Minnesota electric cooperative supports a local brewery’s solar installation that inspired a new style of beer. (Brewbound)

UTILITIES:
• Dayton, Ohio, officials say the city’s forthcoming electric aggregation program is 30% cheaper for customers than AES Ohio’s standard electric rate and also will provide 100% renewable energy. (WDTN)
• Exelon’s quarterly earnings dropped after the company spun off its power generation business, though executives say the move has unlocked shareholder benefits. (Utility Dive)

COAL: A startup wants to transform portions of an Indiana coal plant into a cryptocurrency mining facility. (Inside Indiana Business)

CLEAN TECH: A southeastern Michigan startup raises $80 million in financing for its plan to use drone technology to inspect renewable energy projects. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

GRID: U.S. clean energy advancements in recent years could be derailed without a massive investment in transmission and grid infrastructure. (Reuters)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Consumers Energy partners with Western Michigan University to install 10 dual-port electric vehicle charging stations on campus that can charge 20 vehicles at once. (MLive)

COMMENTARY: A Republican Congress member from Iowa says ethanol and biodiesel “must both be key components of any solution to reduce gas prices for Iowans and end our reliance on Russian oil.” (The Messenger)

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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.