ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Chicago public health group calls on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to speed the state’s transition to electric vehicles to prevent hundreds of premature deaths from air pollution annually. (Chicago Sun-Times)

ALSO:
• Ohio legislation would allow utilities to pass on electric vehicle charging station costs to customers while also creating a $2,000 sales tax rebate for vehicle buyers. (Cleveland.com)
• Stellantis is the latest automaker to plan a multi-billion-dollar investment in an electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant. (Popular Science)
• Northwestern Ohio economic development officials see fierce competition for electric vehicle manufacturing projects as they seek to attract investments to the region. (Toledo Blade)
• A mining executive says U.S. steel producers will play a major role in the transition to build electric vehicles. (S&P Global)

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SOLAR:
• Indianapolis Public Schools plans to install solar panels at 20 schools, saving the district up to $45 million in energy costs over the next 30 years. (FOX 59)
• Supporters of a planned central Ohio solar project say the development favors landowner rights, provides sustainability for family farms and would boost revenue for local governments and schools. (Knox Pages)
• A township in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula uses cannabis licensing revenue to install solar panels to power its township hall. (WLUC)
• Residents express concerns about how construction of a planned 250 MW solar project outside of Columbus, Ohio, might affect drainage and nearby property values. (WOSU)

PIPELINES: The Biden administration plans new safety regulations for carbon pipelines after a 2020 incident in Mississippi became a rallying cry for opponents of multiple projects proposed through the Midwest. (E&E News)

RENEWABLES: Bowling Green, Ohio officials say they must be careful about claiming the environmental benefits of a local renewable energy project if they have already sold the renewable energy credits to a developer. (BG Independent)

GRID: A northern Michigan utility will bury an electric distribution line as it upgrades its grid to comply with MISO requirements. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

OIL & GAS: Cleanup is ongoing after more than 900 gallons of crude oil spilled near a wetland area in North Dakota. (Minot Daily News)

COMMENTARY:
• A Michigan-based free market think tank says the closing of a nuclear plant leaves the state more susceptible to rolling blackouts. (Wall Street Journal)
• An Iowa farmer urges state regulators to deny permits for three carbon capture pipeline developers, citing potentially little impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as conflict of interest concerns among public officials. (Des Moines Register)

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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.