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GRID: City officials from deep red Missouri counties plead with Republican state lawmakers not to spike the Grain Belt Express transmission project. (E&E News)

ALSO:
• Grid operator MISO presents plans for a $10.4 billion transmission line buildout it says would provide $37 billion in benefits over 20 years. (Utility Dive)
• Ameren Illinois has partnered with conservation groups to plant pollinator-friendly native plants on 175 acres of rural rights-of-way. (STLPR)

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SOLAR:
• Wisconsin regulators approve construction of the state’s largest renewable plant, a 465 MW solar-plus-storage project near Madison. (WPR)
• An Illinois city council hears information about a planned community solar project that would allow residents to subscribe to power. (Pontiac Daily Leader)
• Solar farm opponents and supporters pack a local planning commission meeting in Michigan ahead of a vote on a moratorium on new projects. (WNEM)

WORKFORCE: Columbus, Ohio, leaders announce a new jobs program that aims to connect women and people of color with training and opportunities in clean energy. (WBNS) 

POLICY: A Minnesota House committee advances a bill to appropriate $120.5 million for various solar, weatherization and other clean energy projects. (Session Daily)

COAL: The Sierra Club and Prairie Rivers Network join a lawsuit against an Illinois coal mine accused of illegally polluting the local watershed. (Southern Illinoisan) 

NUCLEAR: A meeting next week will address questions about the economic impact of the looming closure of a Michigan nuclear power plant. (Holland Sentinel) 

MICROGRIDS: A new study and the prospect of federal funding have boosted the outlook for a “smart neighborhood” microgrid concept in Highland Park, Michigan. (Planet Detroit)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Chase announces a partnership with EVgo to install electric vehicle charging stations at bank branches, starting with a location in Carmel, Indiana. (CNBC)

PUBLIC TRANSIT: Ohio cities are in line for a second round of public transit funding from last year’s bipartisan federal infrastructure law. (Capital Journal)

PIPELINES: Nebraska county officials receive an update on a proposed pipeline that would carry carbon captured from Upper Midwest ethanol plants to an underground storage site in North Dakota. (York News-Times)

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BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA denies 36 petitions from oil refiners seeking exemptions to federal biofuel blending laws. (Reuters)

CLIMATE:
• Indiana University creates a committee to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions across all of its campuses. (IPR)
• Two siblings from northern Minnesota win silver medals at a state science fair for projects related to climate change. (WDIO)

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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.