EFFICIENCY: All of Missouri’s major natural gas and electric utilities are launching programs that finance customers’ energy efficiency upgrades and in many cases lower monthly bills. (Energy News Network)

POLITICS:
• A longtime coal lobbyist is facing off against a health policy expert for an Ohio congressional seat that represents an area with both large-scale solar energy proposals and old coal mining areas. (Energy News Network)
• Exelon’s political action committee was among the large campaign contributors to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, who opposes key environmental programs in congressional Democrats’ proposed $3.5 trillion spending bill. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES: Enbridge misses an Oct. 15 deadline to clean up the site of an aquifer that ruptured during Line 3 construction and leaked at least 24 million gallons of groundwater. (Star Tribune)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Wisconsin officials are gathering public input on the Evers administration’s long-term clean energy plan that calls for carbon-free electricity generation statewide by 2050. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Illinois’ new sweeping clean energy law that phases out fossil fuel plants by 2045 includes the formation of 13 workforce hubs that will provide clean energy jobs training. (Illinois Radio Network)
• U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm was in Minnesota last week promoting federal plans to speed up clean energy development. (Star Tribune)

EMISSIONS:
• The Minnesota-based McKnight Foundation will continue cutting heavy emitters from the organization’s $3 billion portfolio as part of a net-zero by 2050 goal. (Reuters)
• A Dutch chemical company agrees to pay $50 million to resolve alleged state and federal air pollution violations at petrochemical manufacturing plants in Texas and Iowa. (Des Moines Register)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Michigan-based battery startup company raised $25 million in a recent fundraising round that was led by Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR: State regulators will hold a public hearing later this month on a proposed 200 MW solar project in southeastern Minnesota. (Post Bulletin)

OIL & GAS:
• An attorney representing the operator of a natural gas pipeline that runs from southern Illinois to St. Louis says there is a “real risk of gas outages” if federal regulators force the pipeline to close. (KSDK)
• A natural gas pipeline operator has negotiated easements with most landowners, including those it filed suit against in federal court, affected by a proposed project in eastern South Dakota. (Argus Leader)
• Michigan’s natural gas storage capacity, market practices and untapped reserves position the state better than most others ahead of expected price spikes this winter, experts say. (MLive)
• A federal judge in North Dakota rules in favor of an oil company in a dispute involving royalties paid to the state, which could affect other drillers that allegedly owe the state millions of dollars in payments. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES:
• DTE Energy is so far taking a neutral position on a proposal for Ann Arbor, Michigan, to create its own renewable energy utility; the city is currently served by the Detroit-based DTE. (MLive)
• More than $270 million in rental and utility assistance is still available for Missouri residents who may have struggled to pay bills during the pandemic. (Daily Journal)

GRID: A study by a Michigan-based transmission operator says locating new renewable energy projects near existing grid infrastructure would help lower costs for customers. (Gongwer)

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.