GRID: Xcel Energy partners with community groups to develop “resilience hubs” in three Minneapolis neighborhoods where solar and storage-powered microgrids will provide emergency back-up power and added grid balancing options. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• A team of U.S. researchers studies how power outages affect public health, part of a growing new field known as climate epidemiology. (Inside Climate News)
• Alliant Energy offers $25 annual payments to Wisconsin customers who let the utility control their thermostats during periods of peak demand. (WPR)

SOLAR:
Rising costs cancel a solar developer’s contract to build a 64 MW project for Columbia, Missouri — a setback for the city’s efforts to reach 100% renewable energy by 2035. (Missourian)
• The former mayor of Lima, Ohio, now works for a Michigan startup company trying to develop space-based solar power generation. (Lima News)

CARBON CAPTURE: A Lincoln, Nebraska, company says it has received more than $300 million from investors as it builds a second carbon black plant aimed at decarbonizing fertilizer and other products. (Journal Star)

PIPELINES: After a judge acquits an activist charged with “aiding and abetting trespassing” during last year’s Line 3 pipeline protests, opponents renew calls for Minnesota officials to drop charges against hundreds of others. (MPR News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• General Motors CEO Mary Barra says she believes the company can overtake Tesla this decade as the top U.S. seller of electric vehicles. (Associated Press)
• Surging demand for materials to make electric vehicle batteries has put a spotlight on a Michigan nickel mine, the only one in the U.S. (MLive)

COAL: At a 40th anniversary celebration for Nebraska’s largest coal plant, a utility executive says “the site will always be part of our generation” but that the type of generation may change with the utility’s energy transition. (KNOP-TV)

NUCLEAR:
• An executive for a small modular nuclear reactor company says the technology could be a good fit to replace coal plants in the Ohio Valley. (Herald-Dispatch)
• Southwest Michigan officials hope to lure new employers to the region to offset job losses from the Palisades nuclear power plant retirement. (MiBiz)

CLEAN ENERGY: A northwestern Minnesota city participates in a project to design a “regenerative” community that produces more energy than it uses through solar panels, efficiency and other strategies. (Grand Forks Herald)

COMMENTARY: National security starts with keeping the lights on, writes a retired Navy admiral who says we must prepare our electric grid for climate change and a rapid transition to clean energy. (Ohio Capital Journal)

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Dan Haugen

Dan has two decades' experience working in print, digital and broadcast media. Prior to joining the Energy News Network as managing editor in December 2017, he oversaw watchdog reporting at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, part of the USA Today Network, and before that spent several years as a freelance journalist covering energy, business and technology. Dan is a former Midwest Energy News journalism fellow and a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.