Politicial Bribes

DTE disconnections have overtaken Michigan utilities during the pandemic

• DTE Energy power cut during pandemic far exceeded other Michigan regulated utilities, and its nearly 180,000 disconnections in 2021 were its highest annual total since 2016. (ProPublica)
• Lawyers for FirstEnergy and its shareholders argue that they should not be required to disclose the identity of corporate executives who ordered political bribes in exchange for favorable legislation. (Ohio Capital Journal)

COAL: Illinois coal plants generation increased by 39% last year saw the biggest jump among the top 10 coal-burning states, amid high natural gas prices and a pandemic rebound in electricity demand. (Inside Climate News/Chicago Sun Times)

SOLAR: Wisconsin regulators approve three utilities Purchase of $433 million of a 200 MW solar project with 110 MW of storage capacity. (Wisconsin State Journal)

• A Republican state senator from Kansas who used the chairmanship of a key committee to criticize renewable energies now faces resistance from environmental groups, major utilities and GOP colleagues. (Associated Press)
• County officials in northeast Nebraska reject calls for a 18 month moratorium on wind and solar development as comprehensive zoning rules are developed. (Norfolk Daily News)

• A Federal Court of Appeals relaunch part of a trial alleging that North Dakota law enforcement officers seriously injured a man and violated his civil rights during the Dakota Access pipeline protests five years ago. (Tribune of Bismarck)
• South Dakota regulators hold its last hearing on the canceled Keystone XL pipeline, which spent 13 years before the Public Utility Commission. (South Dakota Public Broadcast)
• An agency in Ohio has limited capacity punish pipeline owner Rover for causing diesel spills in waterways because agency failed to act quickly enough to certify company’s discharge permit, Ohio Supreme Court says . (Cleveland.com)

• Kansas’ clean energy transition is well underway almost a third of the state’s 105 counties produce wind power. (Kansas Public Radio)
• State regulators unanimously rejects a developer’s request for a new hearing to review a planned $92 million wind project in northern Ohio. (Blade of Toledo)
• North Ohio county officials will hold a public hearing next month on whether to actually prohibit large-scale wind projects. (Telegraph Forum)

CLEAN ENERGY: Local officials are asking for up to $2 million in federal funding to decarbonize a neighborhood in Ann Arbor, Michigan, through solar installations and energy efficiency improvements. (MLive)

• Adoption and infrastructure of electric vehicles were key themes from dozens of governors’ state-of-the-state addresses this year, a review found. (S&P Global)
• A South Korean conglomerate invests hundreds of millions of dollars to expand its presence in eastern Michigan to produce a key component for electric vehicles. (Crain Detroit Company)

Correction: A Chicago outdoor educator featured in yesterday’s summary works with high school students, not college students.