OHIO: Evidence provided so far in a major corruption trial has revealed some surprises but also confirms what many advocates had suspected about coordination between FirstEnergy and top GOP officials. (Energy News Network/Eye on Ohio)
• A FirstEnergy executive worked to keep the name of a senior aide to Gov. Mike DeWine off a $10 million transaction associated with a 2019 political fight over the state’s power plant bailout law. (Ohio Capital Journal)
• Text messages also show how FirstEnergy directly lobbied DeWine and gained his support to oppose an effort to repeal the bailout law. (Cleveland.com)
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• Documents detail how Enbridge reimbursed Minnesota police for more than $8.6 million in expenses associated with Line 3 pipeline protests. (Grist)
• A carbon pipeline developer seeks a court order requiring landowners to grant property access to land surveyors. (Iowa Capital Journal)
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Detroit nonprofit leaders say an environmental justice accelerator program has delivered benefits but has not lived up to some of its promises as federal funding has been slow to roll out. (Planet Detroit)
NUCLEAR: A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers will examine whether to lift the state’s ban on new nuclear energy construction to help meet long-term emission-reduction targets. (Minnesota Reformer)
• An anti-renewable energy advocate has been a key player in sowing fear and misinformation to build opposition to Midwestern solar and wind energy projects. (Heated/Distilled)
• Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposal includes $5 million annually for a clean energy job training program. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• Some central Illinois communities have recently rejected plans for large solar and battery storage projects as local opposition mounts. (WMBD)
SOLAR: An Indiana electric co-op’s partnership on a $12 million, 7 MW solar project would be the largest solar array in the state operated by a rural member-owned utility. (Indianapolis Star)
WIND: Work will begin in the coming months to repower a 17-turbine Iowa wind project. (Telegraph Herald)
POWER PLANTS: North Dakota regulators approve plans for a $788 million expansion of a natural gas plant and associated transmission lines near Williston. (Prairie Public Broadcasting)
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• Vice President Kamala Harris will visit an electric bus manufacturer in St. Cloud, Minnesota today as the Biden administration touts its clean energy record following the State of the Union this week. (MPR News)
• Xcel Energy will appear before Minnesota regulators this spring requesting approval for a plan to install 750 fast-charging stations in Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin by 2026. (Daily Energy Insider)
• Ford is considering hundreds of acres of land in south-central Michigan for a large electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant. (Detroit News, subscription)