ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Automakers’ lack of inventory, a shortage of fast-charging stations and unique demands on government vehicles have slowed Minnesota’s progress in electrifying its state government vehicle fleet. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Indiana Michigan Power plans to invest at least $1 billion in four new northern Indiana solar projects over the next three years to help offset the utility’s reliance on coal. (Journal Gazette)
• A new Madison, Wisconsin, initiative to lower solar costs includes a group-buying program as well as grants for businesses and residents looking to install projects. (Daily Cardinal)
• Electric vehicle startup Rivian seeks local permission to install a 15-acre solar project at its central Illinois manufacturing plant. (WGLT)


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POLITICS: An associate of former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan feared that a then-new ComEd CEO in 2019 suspected a quid pro quo to pass legislation favorable to the utility. (Chicago Sun-Times)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• The Biden administration announces $450 million in competitive grants for clean energy projects located on former coal mining land, as well as additional tax credits for developers siting projects in communities historically dependent on energy. (USA Today)
• President Biden used a stop in Minnesota Monday to tout his administration’s record on clean energy and domestic manufacturing investments. (Spokesman-Recorder)

CLIMATE: South Dakota is among four states that will reject $3 million in federal funding to craft a statewide emission-reduction plan. (South Dakota Public Broadcasting)

NUCLEAR: A recent contaminated water leak at a Minnesota nuclear plant generates more caution among Democratic lawmakers about studying the power source’s future in a state where new nuclear construction is prohibited. (MinnPost)

WIND: Kansas lawmakers send a bill to Gov. Laura Kelly that would require the installation of light-mitigating technology on new and existing wind turbines. (Topeka Capital Journal)

GRID: U.S. Senate Democrats may seek to negotiate for more aggressive transmission build-out measures under a broad energy permitting bill package the House passed last week. (S&P Global)


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UTILITIES:
• The owner of two Illinois power plants files for bankruptcy protection as it faces nearly $40 million in penalties from grid operator PJM for failing to perform during a winter storm late last year. (Utility Dive)
• Wisconsin state and utility officials urge residents who are behind on their heating bills to sign up for payment plans or apply for state aid before a winter moratorium on utility shutoffs ends on April 15. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COMMENTARY: Clean energy experts say recent modeling shows that every Illinois coal plant connected to PJM’s grid could be retired without causing transmission system disruptions. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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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.