SOLAR: Ohio clean energy advocates say state regulators have been inconsistent and arbitrary with how they weigh local opposition to solar projects, causing uncertainty for developers. (Energy News Network)
ALSO: As a county debates solar regulations, a Michigan State expert will present this week on how solar and agricultural production can coexist. (Alpena News)
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• Minnesota lawmakers send a $1.3 billion transportation bill to Gov. Tim Walz that includes funding for transit improvements, passenger rail between Duluth and the Twin Cities, and e-bike tax credits. (Star Tribune)
• U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm in a visit Friday to Minnesota announced $1.67 million grants to two local organizations to make electric vehicles more accessible to underserved communities. (Star Tribune)
• Newly revealed documents show how law enforcement and a security contractor for the Dakota Access Pipeline coordinated to purchase equipment and wage a disinformation campaign against protesters. (Grist/Intercept)
• Iowa regulators propose using mediators to settle easement disputes between a CO2 pipeline developer and landowners in its path. (Des Moines Register)
• A new assessment from grid reliability regulators warns that much of the central U.S. faces an elevated risk of electricity shortages this summer in the event of severe and protracted heat waves. (Michigan Advance)
• Grid operator MISO holds its first-ever seasonal capacity auction, with prices plunging across its central and northern regions but observers warning that there is still a longer-term need for more generation. (Utility Dive)
HYDROGEN: Xcel Energy and the state of Minnesota partner with North Dakota on a pitch for federal money to launch a clean hydrogen hub in the region. (Star Tribune)
WIND: A Minnesota county hears a developer’s proposal for a 150 MW wind farm that could generate $95 million in local tax revenue. (Faribault County Register)
OIL & GAS: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison signs a letter urging federal regulators to investigate NO2 and other pollution from gas stoves. (Star Tribune)
COMMENTARY: An Ohio electricity aggregator must prioritize renewable energy and regaining customers’ trust following skyrocketing rates, writes a director with the Black Environmental Leaders Association. (Ohio Capital Journal)