EMISSIONS: Researchers deployed their own local air monitoring systems in highly fracked areas of Ohio and found that the U.S. EPA’s regional air quality monitors often miss variations in pollution at the local level. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Canadian electric vehicle charging manufacturer FLO will invest $3 million into its first U.S. facility in southeastern Michigan. (MLive)
• Xcel Energy says it’s the first U.S. utility to start using electric bucket trucks for its crews. (WCCO)

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SOLAR:
• Muncie, Indiana, officials vote down a plan that would have converted a former GM manufacturing site into a solar project. (WBOI)
• A developer considers the financial viability of including a local hiring preference for a $165 million solar project in northern Indiana. (WNDU)
• A Kansas county adopts less restrictive solar regulations than previously proposed ahead of a planned large-scale solar and storage project. (Kansas Reflector)
• Illinois officials late last month approved several rule changes that make it easier for utility customers to connect rooftop solar and storage systems to the grid. (Solar Power World)
• Iowa county officials will hold public meetings throughout the summer on plans for solar projects at a former nuclear plant. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

CLIMATE: Researchers develop a detailed roadmap for the U.S. to cut its carbon emissions in half by 2030 by focusing on power generation and transportation. (Inside Climate News)

PIPELINES: Poet, the world’s largest ethanol producer, joins a $3 billion carbon capture pipeline project that would transport liquefied carbon dioxide from 18 of its plants in the Midwest. (Des Moines Register)

EFFICIENCY: Michigan utility Consumers Energy presents a cannabis farm with an $848,000 rebate following various energy efficiency measures. (FOX 17)

OIL & GAS: An equipment failure and malfunction late last week caused 5 barrels of crude oil and 300 barrels of produced water to spill at a saltwater disposal site in North Dakota. (KXNET)

UTILITIES: CenterPoint Energy received $1.3 billion in net proceeds after a merger with a Texas company that was accused of price gouging customers during a February 2021 storm. (Minnesota Reformer)

GRID: Wholesale power prices in grid operator PJM’s territory last month surged 188% compared to the same period a year ago. (S&P Global)

COMMENTARY: Widespread GOP efforts to dominate elections while contradicting the will of voters would likely prevent any meaningful action on climate policy, says a researcher at a Kansas-based nonprofit. (Wichita Eagle)

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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.