MICROGRIDS: Xcel Energy abruptly pulls funding for three planned Minneapolis “resilience hubs” that would support environmental justice communities in the event of climate or other emergencies. (Energy News Network) 

EFFICIENCY: Residents in a historic Detroit neighborhood struggle to balance preservation with energy efficiency upgrades needed in large old homes. (Planet Detroit)

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CLEAN ENERGY: U.S. Rep. Sean Casten of Illinois says developing labor markets and building major transmission lines are key to making the federal Inflation Reduction Act work as intended. (Canary Media)

• A joint venture between General Motors and Samsung will bring a $3.5 billion electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant and thousands of jobs to northern Indiana. (Indiana Public Radio)
• A federal committee that determines national security risks from foreign investments finds that a proposed Michigan electric vehicle battery plant does not fall under its jurisdiction for a review. (Bridge)
• Ohio leaders work to craft a workforce strategy to help fill thousands of electric vehicle-related jobs expected over the coming years. (Tribune Chronicle)

• Kansas regulators approve plans allowing the proposed Grain Belt Express transmission project to traverse 370 miles of the state. (KWCH)
• Neighbors oppose Kansas City utility Evergy’s plan to rebuild an aging transmission line along a popular bike path. (KMUW)

BIOFUELS: An Iowa biofuel refinery has closed as the owners cite federal policy uncertainty amid the need for equipment investments. (Capital Dispatch)

• Nearly 350 barrels of oil and produced water spill from overflowing tanks in North Dakota. (Grand Forks Herald)
• North Dakota’s oil and gas industry posted a lackluster month in April with slight production increases while the number of drill rigs continues to decline. (Star Tribune)

• Ohio landowners say a state law allowing local governments to block utility-scale solar projects, even if they secure a lease from a developer, violates their property rights. (WEWS)
• A Minnesota couple runs a mobile sheep grazing company that offers full-service vegetation management on dozens of solar farms across three states. (AgWeek)

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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.