PIPELINES: Minnesota regulators determine that carbon pipelines are hazardous and subject to state oversight, which will affect two projects planned to cross portions of the state. (Star Tribune)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: State and federal agencies turn to data-driven mapping technologies to identify pollution hotspots and drive environmental justice, though activists are skeptical that more data will create urgency to solve problems. (Energy News Network)

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NUCLEAR:
• Michigan House lawmakers pass a bill asking state regulators to determine the feasibility of adding nuclear power generation as a southwestern Michigan plant is scheduled to close. (MLive)
• Dozens of U.S. nuclear plants may qualify for a federal subsidy program to keep open facilities at risk of closure due to operating losses. (S&P Global)

RENEWABLES: The developer of a proposed northern Minnesota copper-sulfide mine touts the benefits of producing valuable metals needed for the renewable energy transition as opponents raise environmental concerns. (Grist)

SOLAR:
• Local officials begin technical review for a proposed 200 MW solar project with 75 MW of battery storage at a former Iowa nuclear plant. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Community members build support for a proposed solar project at a vacant and contaminated former General Motors manufacturing site in Muncie, Indiana. (Star Press)
• A 1,400-acre, $300 million solar project that would be the largest in Missouri is expected to break ground next summer and generate about $7.4 million in local tax revenue. (KTVO)
• Dozens of U.S. House members write to President Biden asking him to expedite an investigation into solar exports from southeastern Asia that has led to delays and cancellations of U.S. solar projects. (Utility Dive)

GRID:
• Kansas City-area utilities say they are prepared for warmer-than-average temperatures forecasted this summer that experts have said could stress the power grid. (FOX 4)
• The transition to electrification and renewable energy will shift the highest risks of blackouts from summer afternoons to winter evenings under a scenario recently modeled by grid operator PJM. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS: MidAmerican Energy seeks permission from South Dakota regulators to increase natural gas rates to invest more than $100 million in distribution system upgrades. (Dakota News Now)

COMMENTARY: An Ohio State University public policy professor says Columbus and AEP officials need to be more transparent about potential rate changes for customers who will soon be participating in an electric aggregation program. (Columbus Dispatch)

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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.