ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Groups representing Ohio consumers and manufacturers are trying to stop legislation that would allow utilities to charge ratepayers to install electric vehicle charging stations. (Ohio Capital Journal)

•Indiana lawmakers send Gov. Eric Holcomb a bill that prevents the state from making coal ash regulations stricter than federal rules, which critics say would hamstring efforts to handle the contaminated waste. (Indiana Public Media)
• CenterPoint Energy announces that it will go coal-free in Indiana by 2027, replacing it with a mix of renewables and natural gas. (Indianapolis Star)

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POLITICS: A jury deliberated for a third day without reaching a verdict in the “ComEd Four” trial involving an alleged bribery scheme between former top utility executives and political figures linked to former House Speaker Michael Madigan. (Chicago Tribune)

UTILITIES: An investor lawsuit says Exelon and its top executives are to blame for the $200 million expense incurred to settle bribery charges against its subsidiary ComEd. (Bloomberg Law, subscription)

• The Keystone pipeline operator is investigating sections with similar characteristics to the site of a major spill in northern Kansas late last year, but it is unclear how many or where they exist. (Topeka Capital-Journal)
• Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota presses the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete an environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline that was ordered in 2020. (KVRR)
• Enbridge similarly claims that the agency’s review of a tunnel for Line 5 in the Great Lakes is taking too long. (WJRT)
• Federal pipeline regulators will hold public meetings in the coming weeks in Iowa to hear public concerns on carbon pipeline developments. (Des Moines Register)

CLIMATE: Environmental groups urge Wisconsin’s Democratic attorney general to join states and municipalities that are suing oil companies for climate damages. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR: A Minneapolis group-buying program helps homeowners install solar projects at reduced costs. (WCCO)

• U.S. Rep. Sean Casten of Illinois and former federal regulators say a paradigm shift is needed to bring more competition to the power sector and allow more distributed generation resources. (Utility Dive)
• Michigan utility Consumers Energy says it will find a new route for a 20-mile transmission line that previously faced pushback from residents. (WKZO)

• Michigan and neighboring states seek federal funding to establish a hub that would produce hydrogen fuel from nuclear power, renewables and fossil fuels when the carbon emissions could be captured. (Detroit News, subscription)
• Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri are angling for the same federal funding to support five hydrogen projects spread across the states. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

• Michigan environmental justice advocates call on state lawmakers to hold major utilities accountable for repeated power outages that have spanned days. (Planet Detroit)
• U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s argument that his home state of Wisconsin will have fewer climate-related deaths ignores climate change’s uneven and disproportionate impacts on populations, a columnist writes. (Washington Post)

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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.