ELECTRIC VEHICLES: While electric vehicle use is growing rapidly in wealthier, mostly White communities, Black and Latino neighborhoods in Chicago and elsewhere are being left behind by charging deserts. (Washington Post)

ALSO:
• A growing number of startups are working to electrify fishing boats, day cruisers and other gas-guzzling watercraft. (Canary Media)
• Michigan House lawmakers approve fast-tracked legislation that would create new incentives to attract electric vehicle and battery plants. (Associated Press) 

CLIMATE:
Climate resilience hubs are sprouting on Detroit’s East Side to help residents prepare for and recover from extreme weather. (Metromode/Planet Detroit)
• Climate-induced weather events are putting growing pressure on Michigan utilities to improve electric grid resilience, experts say. (Great Lakes Echo)
• Climate change is threatening the viability of golf courses, as operators contend with more heat, drought, flooding, and invasive grasses. (CNN)
Wind and increasingly volatile water levels are taking a toll on Wisconsin state parks along Lake Michigan, lengthening a backlog of repairs. (Wisconsin Watch) 

OIL & GAS:
• While virtually every household can expect to pay more for heat this winter, rural propane customers are being hit particularly hard. (Minnesota Reformer) 
• The rate of natural gas flaring in North Dakota declined to an average of 7.5% this year through September, meeting a state target. (Today in Energy)

SOLAR:
• A group of Native American “solar warriors” is working to break cycles of energy poverty and colonial exploitation with tribal-owned renewables. (The Hill)
• A solar developer shares plans for a 400 MW project at a required public meeting with residents of three Ohio townships. (Circleville Herald)
• Xcel Energy is testing a program designed to help multifamily building owners install electric vehicle charging stations. (Finance & Commerce, subscription)

UTILITIES:
• Indiana Michigan Power is installing smart meters in Fort Wayne, with nearly 30,000 already connected and a target of 195,000 by the end of 2022. (WANE)
• Indiana regulators are investigating whether AES Indiana customers should have to pay for costs associated with an extended power plant outage. (WFYI)

BIOFUELS:
• South Dakota regulators approve a utility’s contract with a dairy farm that could become the state’s first supplier of renewable natural gas. (KELO)
• University of Iowa biologists have discovered yeast strains used in wine making that could help make ethanol production more efficient. (Daily Iowan)

OVERSIGHT: The Nebraska Public Service Commission names a retired Army National Guard colonel as its new executive director. (Lincoln Journal Star)

POLITICS: A climate PAC endorses Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes’ primary bid to challenge GOP incumbent U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson. (E&E News, subscription) 

COMMENTARY: Despite false suggestions by the fossil fuel industry, rising natural gas prices have nothing to do with pro-climate policies, a columnist explains. (NRDC)

Dan Haugen

Dan has two decades' experience working in print, digital and broadcast media. Prior to joining the Energy News Network as managing editor in December 2017, he oversaw watchdog reporting at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, part of the USA Today Network, and before that spent several years as a freelance journalist covering energy, business and technology. Dan is a former Midwest Energy News journalism fellow and a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.