GRID:
• Missouri agriculture groups renew their opposition to the Grain Belt Express transmission line as the developer seeks to add a 40-mile connector line that would boost the project’s capacity by five times. (Missouri Independent)
• Minnesota clean energy experts say building out transmission lines faster will allow for more renewables on the grid and limit the risks of power supply shortages. (Star Tribune)

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OHIO: State regulators will soon consider FirstEnergy’s request to shield from the public 39 documents related to payments it made to top government officials for favorable legislative and regulatory treatment. (Ohio Capital Journal)

EMISSIONS: U.S. wind and solar development is surging, but expected emission reductions aren’t materializing because of an increase in natural gas generation and falling output from nuclear plants. (E&E News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Kansas company is developing public electric vehicle chargers powered entirely by onsite solar and battery storage. (KCTV)

BATTERIES: The expected growth in U.S. battery manufacturing over the coming years is “astounding,” and one analyst says companies will need to regionalize their supply chains to ensure steady production. (S&P Global)

PIPELINES: South Dakota residents prepare for the regulatory approval process after a carbon pipeline developer formally applied to build a project through four states. (Moody County Enterprise)

SOLAR:
• A solar installation planned at a Kansas City-area logistics facility would be the largest such project in the region. (Kansas City Business Journal, subscription)
• MidAmerican Energy plans a 50 MW solar project in southwestern Iowa. (Opinion-Tribune)

POLITICS: Rising energy prices and electric vehicle policies were key policy disputes during a recent debate between candidates in a competitive Michigan congressional race. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS: Industry officials say North Dakota oil production will drop unless a cross-state natural gas pipeline is built to grow demand. (Prairie Public Broadcasting)

UTILITIES:
• The Sierra Club gives low marks to Kansas City utility Evergy over the company’s relatively weak climate commitments compared to other large utilities. (KCUR)
• Ameren Missouri is pledging $250,000 to help natural gas customers pay down 90% of their overdue bills as colder weather approaches. (KRMS)

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EFFICIENCY: Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declares today “Energy Efficiency Day” in the state to promote the value of weatherization measures. (WGEM)

COMMENTARY: A Nebraska state senator in favor of maintaining coal generation plans to introduce legislation to make the state a “national leader in the new small modular nuclear reactor technology.” (Star Herald)

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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.