NUCLEAR: State officials now see a path to prevent next month’s scheduled closure of a Michigan nuclear plant, as the Biden administration releases guidance for a $6 billion infrastructure program to support distressed nuclear plants. (MiBiz, Associated Press)

ALSO: Union members plan to picket outside of a Kansas nuclear plant, claiming that utility Evergy has failed to negotiate a new contract in good faith. (WIBW)

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• Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers releases a statewide clean energy plan calling for carbon-free electricity by 2050, which he says could create more than 40,000 jobs while lowering electricity bills. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Clean energy experts say grid barriers and misinformation are among the top hurdles for Missouri to launch a widespread transition to renewable energy. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

GRID: Two recent federal reports show the U.S. grid isn’t prepared to handle the massive influx of proposed clean energy projects due to longstanding interconnection barriers. (Canary Media)

• Iowa regulators deny requests to halt construction on the state’s portion of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission project despite ongoing litigation in Wisconsin. (Telegraph Herald)
• A nonprofit electric cooperative presents plans for a new transmission line that would connect substations in Iowa and Missouri. (Fort Madison Daily Democrat)

• Carbon capture pipeline opponents say Iowa lawmakers are running out of time this session to enact protections for landowners against the use of eminent domain for proposed projects. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)
• A developer says it has secured 20% of its carbon pipeline route through Iowa and that the project is “on track and on schedule.” (Reuters)
• Dozens of farmers and agriculture businesses get a two-week extension to file to intervene in a carbon pipeline case in South Dakota. (Argus Leader)
• A southwestern Iowa county is the latest to file formal opposition against the use of eminent domain for carbon pipeline projects. (KMALand)

SOLAR: Alliant Energy completes the first rooftop solar installation as part of its customer-hosted renewable energy program. (WMTV)

EMISSIONS: Major environmental groups hope to compel the U.S. EPA to take enforcement action against states like Missouri and Illinois that have yet to submit detailed plans to curb air pollution in national parks and wilderness areas. (St. Louis Public Radio)

OIL & GAS: North Dakota oil production held steady from January to February and rig count increased only slightly due to ongoing challenges with securing labor and capital. (KFYR)

COMMENTARY: Illinois community organizers call for infrastructure upgrades and a shift to clean energy following a pipeline incident last month that spilled crude oil into local waterways. (Edwardsville Intelligencer)

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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.