BATTERIES: An Ohio company that recycles various types of batteries is scaling up operations to meet rising U.S. demand for battery materials. (Canary Media) 

• Iowa House lawmakers advance a bill that would require carbon pipeline developers to secure voluntary landowner easements along 90% of a project route before being granted eminent domain powers. (Quad-City Times)
• A Michigan judge will allow the state’s attorney general to appeal a decision that moved a lawsuit seeking to shut down the Line 5 pipeline into federal court. (Detroit News)

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CLIMATE: Bipartisan legislation in Indiana that would have created a climate solutions task force failed to advance past a key committee this week. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: Constellation plans to invest $800 million in two Illinois nuclear plants to improve their efficiency and generate more power. (WIFR)

• A Missouri agency launches a multi-year project to study how bald eagles interact with wind turbines, which clean energy advocates say could produce helpful data on renewable energy and migration patterns. (KCUR)
• Kansas ranks fourth among states for wind energy generation, producing $4.1 billion in value last year. (Kansas City Star)
• A Minnesota geologist discusses why the southwestern portion of the state creates ideal conditions for wind energy production. (MPR News)
• An Iowa county hosts a public forum on wind development in the event that MidAmerican Energy chooses it for a $3.9 billion project. (Oskaloosa Herald) 

RENEWABLES: Small Minnesota utilities face unique challenges for meeting the state’s new 100% carbon-free electricity target by 2040 as they lack the financial resources of investor-owned utilities. (MinnPost)

• The University of Michigan will invest $3.64 million in four electric buses this year as it targets an all-electric bus fleet by 2035. (Great Lakes Echo)
• Automaker Stellantis’ earnings grew by nearly 20% in 2022 over the prior year as its push into electric vehicles led to a jump in sales. (WDIV)

• Among the biggest barriers to building new transmission lines, experts say, is resolving competing interests from multiple parties about where lines are sited and who pays for them. (CNBC)
• Nebraska’s large utilities say they are closely monitoring grid security as physical and cyber attacks grow in the U.S. (Omaha World-Herald)
• Grid operator PJM next month will start trading renewable energy certificates that reflect more granular usage data as more customers set stronger renewable energy goals. (Utility Dive)

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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.