GRID: More than 585,000 people in Michigan and 118,000 in Illinois were without power late Wednesday as snow and ice storms socked the region. (CBS News)

ALSO: An investor-owned utility trade group is working with Congress and federal regulators to pass reforms that would make it easier to build transmission projects. (Utility Dive)

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• Former House Speaker Larry Householder’s political strategist and general fixer testifies that the lawmaker benefited from FirstEnergy contributions that he accepted as loans and never repaid. (Ohio Capital Journal)
• A former Republican state lawmaker testifies that Householder pressured her to vote in favor of the HB 6 power plant bailout, though she voted against the measure. (WOSU)

COAL: Environmental groups criticize Indiana legislation that would prevent the state from creating coal ash cleanup regulations that are stricter than the federal government’s. (Indiana Public Radio)

CLEAN ENERGY: Republican-leaning states with plentiful wind and sunshine, along with significant rural and industrial communities, are poised to benefit from clean energy development under the Inflation Reduction Act. (The Guardian)

• The Keystone pipeline operator is transporting thousands of cubic yards of oil-soaked soil from a recent spill site in Kansas to a Nebraska landfill. (KETV)
• An Iowa county advances proposed restrictions on siting hazardous pipelines and decommissioning requirements as a company seeks to build a carbon pipeline through the area. (Waverly Democrat)

• An Indiana Senate committee rejects a bill that would have required local government approval for carbon capture and sequestration projects, which critics called an “extra layer of bureaucracy.” (Indiana Environmental Reporter)
• A growing number of farmers in Kansas and Missouri are adopting practices that allow them to sell carbon offset credits as an additional revenue source. (Flatland)

• CenterPoint Energy is waiting to sign a development contract before releasing details about a planned $636 million wind project, though it will be located outside of Indiana. (Courier & Press)
• North Dakota lawmakers approve a bill requiring landfills to get state approval before accepting wind turbine blades. (Bismarck Tribune)

RENEWABLES: A Nebraska lawmaker seeks to ban the use of eminent domain for wind or solar projects, even though utilities say they have never used eminent domain when building generation facilities. (KLKN)

• As Michigan notches major electric vehicle and battery investments, questions remain about consumer interest and effects on traditional auto suppliers. (Bridge Michigan)
• A southeastern Minnesota city joins a program that will prepare it for electric vehicle infrastructure and adoption. (Winona Daily News)

SOLAR: A central Illinois county rejects a developer’s proposal for a 5 MW solar project. (WMBD)

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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.