CLIMATE: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announces an updated statewide climate plan that strengthens emission-reduction targets and seeks to tackle transportation emissions. (Star Tribune)

ALSO:
• City, nonprofit and business officials in Omaha, Nebraska, could advance plans for a regional climate action strategy this week as some call for more transparency in the process. (Omaha World-Herald)
• Michigan is experiencing more extreme rainfall events and could face “unprecedented warming” this century that would stress key infrastructure, according to a recent federal report. (Michigan Advance)

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MICROGRIDS: Cuyahoga County plans to use microgrids to improve grid resilience for manufacturers and key industrial operations in the Greater Cleveland area. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Wisconsin regulators approve three new electric vehicle charging programs for Madison Gas and Electric customers that help manage power demand during peak times. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Kansas will receive $39.5 million and Wisconsin will receive $78 million in federal funding over the next five years to build electric vehicle charging stations along key transportation corridors. (KSHB, Wisconsin State Journal)
• An event next week in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will feature a variety of electric vehicle models and test drives to encourage residents to transition from gasoline-powered vehicles. (Mitchell Republic)
• As automakers display new electric vehicle models at the Detroit auto show, executives, analysts and economists at a nearby battery convention highlight supply chain challenges to producing them. (Automotive News, subscription)

UTILITIES:
• An Ohio electricity aggregator prepares to release its 550,000 customers to purchase power through utility companies as a way to shield them from quickly escalating costs. (Ohio Capital Journal)
• Kansas regulators will require Evergy to publicly release details about its capital expenditure plan, which has grown in cost for the coming years faster than other regional utilities. (The Sentinel)

CARBON CAPTURE: A $1.1 million research project underway in North Dakota will help develop a model for using agricultural grazing land for carbon capture and offsetting emissions. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR:
• Developers present plans for a 100 MW solar project in northeastern Indiana. (News Sun)
• South Dakota researchers receive grant funding to study the potential of recycling solar panel components. (South Dakota Public Broadcasting)

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TRANSPORTATION: A company breaks ground on a $1 billion, net-zero manufacturing facility in South Dakota that will produce sustainable jet fuel. (Watertown Public Opinion)

GRID:
• Importing power from Michigan is among options local officials are exploring to grow electric supplies in Windsor, Ontario. (CBC News)
• Grid operator MISO issues a hot weather alert for Tuesday in Missouri and Iowa, calling on energy companies to review outage plans and avoid capacity shortfalls. (Reuters)

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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.