BUILDINGS: A housing developer seeks to revitalize a Kansas City neighborhood by repurposing a former factory into housing with 2.3 MW of onsite solar and battery storage. (Flatland)

PIPELINES:
• An association of Iowa counties launched a soil conservation study last month that could delay pipeline projects if ground conditions are unsuitable for heavy machinery. (Axios)
• A carbon pipeline developer seeks an April hearing with South Dakota regulators to determine the project’s future, though landowners say that’s too soon because of the number of unresolved right-of-way disputes. (KELO)
• Enbridge last week opened a new operations center in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that performs 24-hour surveillance of the Line 5 pipeline. (WPBN)

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NUCLEAR: A $30 million federal grant to restart a southern Ohio plant that produces nuclear fuel brings praise from some and public health concerns from others in the community. (Scioto Valley Guardian)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• U.S. and European startups are racing to develop electric vehicle batteries made with more abundant sodium and sulfur that could reduce China’s dominance in the sector. (Reuters)
• U.S. electric vehicle registrations increased during the first nine months of the year by 57% compared to the same period last year as more models are available. (Smart Cities Dive)

SOLAR:
• A former mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is being repurposed with a $100 million solar project. (WLUC)
• Developers expect final regulatory approval in the spring for a 200 MW solar project planned in southeastern Minnesota. (Post Bulletin)
• Companies that developed solar farms in Illinois and two other states agree to pay a total of $1.3 million in state and federal penalties for violating construction permits and rules for handling groundwater. (Associated Press)
• A southern Illinois landowner leases 40 acres of his property for a pair of community solar projects. (Edwardsville Intelligencer)

GRID:
• American Electric Power officials say the utility is taking several steps to make its Ohio grid more resilient to long-term outages, including investing up to $900 million over the next five years. (WBNS)
• The Nebraska Public Power District will hold a second open house today for a 7- to 10-mile transmission line to increase local grid capacity. (Star Herald)
• Michigan utility Consumers Energy says it has replaced 10,000 poles and upgraded 100 substations this year as part of its long-term grid reliability plan. (WOOD-TV8)

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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.