RENEWABLES:  As federal officials seek to cut red tape for wind and solar projects, a growing number of local governments are adopting restrictions on where they can be built. (HuffPost)

• North Dakota regulators deny a developer’s request for a carbon pipeline siting permit, saying the company did not adequately address landowner concerns or provide all requested information. (Associated Press)
• A biofuels company says a multi-state carbon capture pipeline would help the company’s ethanol plants compete with producers from Brazil. (KELO)

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• Clean energy and neighborhood groups worry about air pollution from a planned facility in downtown Youngstown, Ohio, that would convert tires and other feedstocks into a synthetic gas to be burned for heating and cooling buildings. (Inside Climate News)
• State officials in Nebraska seek public input on ways the state could reduce carbon emissions from transportation as part of a requirement for federal infrastructure funding. (Nebraska Examiner)

CLIMATE: Some public health and environmental experts are hesitant to label Michigan a “climate haven” based on persistent air quality concerns and other factors that particularly harm low-income residents. (Michigan Advance)

BATTERIES: LG Energy Solution is “seriously considering” making its western Michigan manufacturing plant the company’s North American headquarters as it goes on a building spree in the U.S. and Canada. (Crain’s Grand Rapids Business)

OIL & GAS: A growing number of Ukrainians are fleeing their home country to come and work in North Dakota oilfields. (Associated Press)

• AES Indiana says a state investigation is not needed into the utility’s recent outage response following major storms. (Indiana Capital Chronicle)
• Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers vetoes a bill that would have blocked state agencies and local governments from restricting or discriminating against utilities for using fossil fuels. (Wisconsin Examiner)

GRID: Ameren Missouri is requesting $27.5 million in federal infrastructure funding to upgrade more than a dozen electric grid facilities. (Missourian)

SOLAR: Iowa regulators will collect public comments for the next month on a proposed $250 million, 3,200-acre solar project. (Southeast Iowa Union)

NUCLEAR: Deferred maintenance costs of reopening a shuttered Michigan nuclear plant are a major unknown as state lawmakers commit $150 million to the effort. (Crain’s Detroit Business, subscription)

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BUILDINGS: A southeastern Michigan net-zero home is awarded for its sustainability features that include solar and geothermal and highly efficient components. (MLive)

COMMENTARY: Recent storms and widespread outages in Michigan require state lawmakers to act boldly on renewable energy policies, a clean energy advocate writes. (Lansing State Journal)

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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.