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COAL ASH:
• Experts fear that plans to cap and maintain a coal ash storage site in Joliet, Illinois could further threaten the community’s drinking water sources. (Energy News Network/Chicago Investigative Project)
• More frequent flooding amplifies the risk of coal ash contaminating rivers, lakes and groundwater, with 172 impoundments installed in century-old floodplains. (Energy News Network/Chicago Investigative Project)

PIPES:
• Almost 200 criminal cases Pipeline protesters are still open after a long series of protests on Line 3 in Minnesota last year. (Star Tribune)
• A county in Ohio appeal an agreement between the state and a pipeline owner on the value of the pipeline, which determines how much the county can collect in property taxes. (morning newspaper)

RENEWABLES: State regulators approve plans for a hybrid renewable energy project in southwestern Minnesota that will produce 300 MW of wind power and up to 60 MW of solar power. (MPR News)

OHIO: While serving as CFO in 2019, current FirstEnergy CEO Steven Strah acknowledged a “Under the Radar” decoupling provision in HB 6 that ended up costing taxpayers millions of dollars. (Institute of Energy and Policy)

POLITICS: Illinois Governor JB Pritzker defends the state’s pace of solar building and blame the MISO network manager for rising electricity costs and the risk of brownouts during a gubernatorial debate. (State Journal-Register)

SOLAR: Public service officials complete the installation of a solar parking awning at Southeast Missouri State University. (Southeast Missouri)

GRID: New research from grid operator MISO indicates utility decarbonization goals may require 200 gigawatts of new capacity by 2041 while underlining the persistent risk of a capacity deficit on its territory. (S&P Global)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Michigan officials approve $5 million to prepare “mega sites” for future industrial development, including properties that could attract major electric vehicle and battery manufacturers. (Michigan Bridge)

TRANSPORTATION: U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg traveled to Minneapolis on Thursday to highlight federal funding for bus rapid transit and other transit projects. (Star Tribune)

UTILITIES: Michigan Utilities overall plans with state regulators about how they might spend federal infrastructure funding, including for rural grid improvements and electric vehicle infrastructure. (Daily Energy Insider)

EFFICIENCY: Energy-efficiency upgrades set to save more than $26,000 in rebates and incentives at Indiana charter school, plus more than $22,000 in annual energy costs. (TO WISH)

COMMENT: A recent report on the public health effects of Minnesota’s fossil fuel power plants highlights the need for close a coal and biomass power plant in Duluth, writes a consultant and adjunct professor. (MinnPost)

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