UTILITIES: An Xcel Energy time-of-us pilot program launched in November 2020 in two Twin Cities neighborhoods has slightly reduced electricity usage during peak hours but is not producing meaningful savings for customers so far. (Vxartnews)

• Michigan consumer advocates join a petition calling for a federal investigation into utilities, including DTE Energy and Consumers Energy, for allegedly unfair business practices involving access to renewable energy. (Michigan Radio)
• Federal recordings show the maneuvers that former longtime Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan made with a close confidant to have a favored member appointed to ComEd’s board of directors in 2018. (WBEZ)
• Des Moines, Iowa, extends by 13 years its gas and electric franchise agreements with MidAmerican Energy after negotiating a side agreement that will track the utility’s renewable energy usage. (Des Moines Register)

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• Missouri environmental groups build opposition to state regulators’ proposed coal ash rules, which would authorize the discharge of water impacted by coal ash sites into underground waterways. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• The Biden administration releases initial guidance for states and some Indigenous communities seeking grant funding to clean up abandoned coal mining sites. (E&E News)

• Utilities building the controversial Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line through southwestern Wisconsin say supply chain issues and ongoing litigation have added nearly $50 million to the project cost. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Consumers Energy plans to spend $100 million to upgrade its electric distribution system in Michigan as it expects more severe weather in the coming years. (Michigan Radio)

CARBON CAPTURE: A North Dakota board approves $115 million in loans for two carbon capture and storage projects. (Bismarck Tribune)

CLEAN ENERGY: U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is the lead author of a bill that seeks to boost the domestic production of heat pumps in hopes of lowering costs for consumers. (HuffPost)

• North Dakota regulators extend the deadline for proposals to build a cross-state natural gas pipeline. (Associated Press)
• A central Iowa farmer experiences “deja vu” as developers seek to build a carbon capture pipeline across a portion of his land years after the Dakota Access pipeline caused a decline in his crop yields. (Nebraska Public Media)

• Kansas City clean air advocates seek to ensure equitable access to electric vehicle charging stations throughout the city. (Kansas City Beacon)
• Automaker Stellantis is set to make an announcement from Kokomo, Indiana, today that could involve the company’s latest electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS: State officials say about $5 billion in investments are planned in northwestern North Dakota that would provide add-on value to the state’s oil and gas industry. (KFYR)

POLITICS: Some clean energy advocates lament the upcoming retirement of U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who helped pass several notable conservation and energy efficiency laws. (E&E News, subscription)

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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.