OHIO: Attorneys for former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and a GOP lobbyist plan to ask a judge to drop guilty verdicts against them and ask for a new trial. (Eye on Ohio/Energy News Network)

• The Minnesota House passes a $670 million environmental spending bill that includes nearly $350 million for energy and climate initiatives. (KNSI)
• Small, local governments in Wisconsin that lack administrative staff may be at a disadvantage when attempting to access federal Inflation Reduction Act funding. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

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UTILITIES: Former ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore attempts to distance herself from former House Speaker Michael Madigan and politically connected utility contractors while taking the stand in her defense during a bribery trial. (Chicago Sun-Times)

CARBON CAPTURE: North Dakota is one of just a few states with laws on the books that clearly regulate carbon capture and storage activities. (E&E News)

SOLAR: A local group in Michigan is pursuing a statewide ballot initiative that would block utility-scale projects on designated farm land. (FOX 17)

• Officials with a regional grid reliability organization raise concerns about Illinois’ plan to displace coal and gas plants with renewables as clean energy projects face permitting and supply chain delays. (Advantage News)
• Critics of an Indiana bill that would give utilities first rights to build transmission projects say the plan would increase grid construction costs that are passed on to consumers. (FOX 59)

TRANSPORTATION: Wisconsin lawmakers are scheduled to vote today on a bill that would prevent state agencies or local governments from prohibiting the sale of vehicles based on their power source, as some states move to phase out gas-powered vehicles. (Wisconsin State Journal)

EFFICIENCY: Michigan’s green bank rolls out a new loan fund for Detroit residents pursuing energy-efficient home repairs. (Crain’s Detroit Business, subscription)

COAL: Indiana lawmakers defeat a proposal that would enact stricter regulations on coal ash storage sites than federal rules. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)

• Local officials in Michigan approve transferring multiple properties that will make way for a Ford electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant. (WOOD-TV8)
• An Indiana city will use a $90,000 grant to study strategic locations for siting electric vehicle charging stations. (WTHR)

WIND: Offshore wind in the Great Lakes could be a cheaper alternative than nuclear to meet Ontario, Canada’s electricity demand, though the province has had a moratorium on offshore wind since 2011. (Toronto Star)

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NUCLEAR: Federal nuclear regulators find a low-level safety violation while inspecting a Missouri nuclear plant. (News Tribune)

OIL & GAS: North Dakota gas production increased 7% from January to February, and state officials expect further growth in the coming months. (KXNET)

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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.