CLEAN ENERGY: A sweeping Illinois climate and jobs bill signed into law last year has yet to deliver on its promises related to workforce development and equitable clean energy job training, advocates say. (Chicago Sun-Times/Inside Climate News)

PIPELINES: This week’s 14,000-barrel oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in Kansas is one of the largest U.S. crude spills in nearly a decade. (Reuters)

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SOLAR:
• Wisconsin regulators approve three utilities’ plan to buy a 325 MW solar project with battery storage for $478 million. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• A developer confronts public opposition to plans for a 68 MW solar project in central Ohio. (Marion Star)
• The Ohio Supreme Court orders state regulators to reconsider a ruling that requires retail customers to pay into a fund that incentivizes solar production. (Bloomberg Tax, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Workers at an Ohio battery manufacturing plant vote to become the first unionized factory built for electric vehicles and components, giving the UAW a foothold in the emerging auto sector. (Washington Post)
• After relaunching in early 2022, a pioneering electric vehicle car-sharing service in Minneapolis-St. Paul is experiencing steady growth, logging nearly 25,000 trips in six months. (Energy News Network) 

UTILITIES:
• Minnesota regulators will not reconsider a decision barring three gas utilities from collecting from ratepayers about $55 million in costs related to a 2021 winter storm. (Star Tribune)
• Indiana’s attorney general joins a multistate effort to reverse federal regulators’ decision allowing a major investment company to own substantial shares in utilities. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)

COAL: DTE Energy officially retires two southeastern Michigan coal plants as it transitions to more clean energy. (CBS Detroit)

CLIMATE: Minnesota experts see a role for state-level climate action after attending this year’s United Nations climate summit in Egypt. (Sahan Journal)

GRID: Iowa regulators ask utilities how they plan to navigate potential winter storms this year and avoid rolling blackouts if grid supplies are strained. (KTIV)

BIOFUELS: An explosion Thursday at an Iowa biofuel plant resulted in injuries and evacuations as authorities work to contain an onsite fire. (Des Moines Register)

WIND: Steel producer Cleveland-Cliffs signs a deal to purchase 180 MW of wind power from Indiana to offset its electricity consumption. (Cleveland.com)

COMMENTARY: Environmental groups say recent polling shows strong support among Minnesota residents to reduce carbon emissions and take decisive climate action. (Environmental Defense Fund)

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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.