UTILITIES: In the wake of this winter’s utility corruption trial, advocates in Ohio say stronger enforcement of existing laws and measures to hold utilities accountable could help to prevent future corruption scandals. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS: A northern Wisconsin oil refinery restarts operations five years after an explosion at the facility injured nearly 40 workers. (Star Tribune)

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• Ohio House lawmakers pass a bill blocking utilities from charging ratepayers to build electric vehicle charging stations. (Cleveland.com)
• The first group of Michigan college students access $10,000 scholarships to gain experience in electric vehicle-related fields. (WILX)

EMISSIONS: Federal prosecutors announce charges against three companies and 11 people for an alleged scheme to disable emission-control devices on hundreds of semi trucks. (Crain’s Grand Rapids Business)

• Dane County recently became the first county in Wisconsin and the fourth in the nation to meet 100% of its electricity needs with renewables. (Daily Cardinal)
• Ohio county officials hold a public hearing on plans to ban utility-scale wind and solar projects in seven townships. (Salem News)
• Clean energy advocates say northeastern Ohio still has a steep climb to meet 2030 emission-reduction targets and build up a clean energy portfolio. (FreshWater)

CARBON CAPTURE: An Illinois county is poised to extend a moratorium on carbon pipeline developments as local officials balance public safety with economic benefits. (Illinois Times)

PIPELINES: An Ohio appeals court blocks construction on a natural gas pipeline planned across preserved farmland with agricultural easements. (Farm and Dairy)

• Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio says he will vote to overturn the Biden administration’s suspension of tariffs on Chinese solar products that go through other countries. (Cleveland.com)
• ComEd recently completed three community solar projects in northern Illinois, bringing the utility’s total community solar projects to 80 in its service territory. (Daily Energy Insider)

WIND: A North Dakota county enacts a 90-day moratorium on wind projects as new siting regulations are reviewed. (KFGO)

CLIMATE: GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin claims that climate change will actually benefit the U.S. by helping people avoid deadly cold weather. (E&E News, subscription)

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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.