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SOLAR: La Crosse, Wisconsin finds a workaround to the state’s third-party owned solar uncertainty, partnering with Johnson Controls on an energy performance savings contract that includes on-site solar. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• The developer of a 350 MW North Dakota solar project hopes local revenue sharing payments can help overcome opposition to the project. (Inforum)
• Michigan’s two major utilities pursue land acquisitions ahead of a planned large-scale buildout of solar energy. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• A 4 MW MidAmerican Energy solar project is now online in western Iowa. (Sioux City Journal)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Illinois’ public-private economic development arm launches a $1 million digital marketing campaign to lure major industries, including electric vehicle manufacturing, to the state. (Chicago Tribune)
• Honda opens a $124 million facility in Ohio to test and improve their electric vehicles’ aerodynamics. (Toledo Blade)

PIPELINES:
• The federal government and the Dakota Access pipeline developer misled the public, used substandard science and failed to cooperate with tribes while the project was built, according to a new report from an Indigenous nonprofit. (Grist)
• For Nebraska landowners who opposed the Keystone XL pipeline, plans from carbon dioxide pipeline developers represent a new challenge to their properties. (Lincoln Journal Star) 

NUCLEAR:
• U.S. nuclear power plant operators including Ameren still rely on Russia-linked nuclear fuel supply chains, though experts don’t anticipate major short-term supply disruptions amid the country’s invasion of Ukraine. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• The Michigan and Ohio chapters of the American Nuclear Society call on state officials to allow a southwestern Michigan nuclear plant to continue operating beyond its planned closure next month. (Herald Palladium) 

UTILITIES: Customer revenue from a FirstEnergy subsidiary in 2017 secretly flowed to a dark money nonprofit group supporting former President Trump’s energy agenda at the time, records show. (E&E News)

RENEWABLES: Dozens of local groups across the country rely on misinformation to raise doubts about renewable energy and slow or derail wind and solar projects. (NPR)

CLIMATE:
• A Michigan agency receives thousands of public comments on the state’s proposed climate action plan, many of which call for faster clean energy targets. (MLive)
• More than a dozen University of Michigan student groups call on school leadership to set a faster timetable for carbon neutrality. (MLive)

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OIL & GAS: A 4-year-old AES Indiana natural gas power plant that was out of service for more than a year is back online. (Indianapolis Business Journal)

TRANSMISSION: A federal regulator calls on grid operators to change the way interconnection queues are processed in order to speed up inter-regional transmission projects. (Utility Dive)

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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.