ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Rivian has stepped into Normal, Illinois, with electric vehicle manufacturing plans roughly a decade after Mitsubishi unsuccessfully launched similar efforts there. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Missouri clean energy advocates praise Ford’s plan to invest $95 million in its Kansas City plant to manufacture electric commercial vans. (KRCG)
• Minnesota officials collect public comments on ways to spend $68 million in federal funding for an electric vehicle fast-charging network. (Star Tribune)

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SOLAR:
• Minnesota officials say Xcel Energy’s $575 million solar project at the site of a former coal plant is overpriced and wasn’t bid properly. (Star Tribune)
• Wisconsin homeowner associations often block solar installations despite a state law prohibiting deed restrictions on renewable energy on private property. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• A startup launches a pilot program in St. Louis in which subscribers motivated by climate concerns subsidize the cost of homeowners’ solar panels in states where the economics of residential solar are challenging. (Fast Company)

COAL: Environmental activists in Waukegan, Illinois, raise concerns about long-term public health risks of storing coal ash at a former power plant site. (WBEZ)

RENEWABLES:
• With just 3% of its electricity coming from renewables, Ohio continues to lag most U.S. states on renewable energy development. (Spectrum News)
• Politics and misinformation are playing a growing role in organized opposition to wind and solar projects in Iowa. (The Gazette)

PIPELINES:
• South Dakota landowners have spent the past six months organizing against a proposed carbon pipeline out of fear that the developer would pursue eminent domain to complete the project. (Dakota News Now)
• The Iowa chapter of the Sierra Club wants state regulators to order a carbon pipeline developer to stop contacting unwilling landowners. (Times-Republican)
• South Dakota formally terminates a $20 million bond put up by the developer of the canceled Keystone XL pipeline. (Center Square)

UTILITIES:
• One federal judge has approved a $180 million settlement in a shareholder lawsuit against FirstEnergy, but another wants to keep litigating the case. (Reuters)
• Illinois environmental justice advocates want Ameren to shield the region’s most vulnerable residents from rising electricity costs. (St. Louis Public Radio)
• Municipal utility officials in western Michigan say they are prepared to help lower power demand this summer if supplies are tight. (Holland Sentinel)

EFFICIENCY: Local officials break ground on a $5.18 million net-zero facility at a northern Illinois conservation area that will also provide educational programming. (Daily Herald)

BIOFUELS: The Biden administration will provide more than $700 million to support biofuel producers with unexpected losses during the pandemic. (Marshall Independent)

COMMENTARY:
• Former FERC Chairperson Neil Chatterjee says Ohio and other states need policies that allow fuel retailers to partner with utilities on high-speed electric vehicle charging stations. (Cleveland.com)
• The president of Ameren Illinois says inflation, global conflict, high natural gas prices and coal plant closures are all contributing to current high electricity supply prices. (State Journal-Register)

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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.