OIL & GAS: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signs a bill prohibiting municipalities from enacting local bans on natural gas or propane usage, mirroring similar statewide efforts across the U.S. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

COAL: Environmental groups urge state regulators to block Ameren’s proposed permit that would govern how wastewater is discharged from Missouri’s largest coal plant into the Missouri River. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

UTILITIES:
• Ohio’s consumer advocate demands FirstEnergy share more information about the $4.3 million it paid to an attorney to end his consulting contract just before he became the state’s top utility regulator. (Associated Press)
• A consumer watchdog group wants federal regulators to recognize two activist investment firms as affiliates of Evergy that have influenced the utility’s decisions. (Kansas Reflector)
• Environmental and ratepayer advocates give Consumers Energy’s long-term plan mixed reviews, raising concerns over its planned gas plant purchases and ongoing coal-related costs. (MiBiz)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The U.S. Justice Department has launched an inquiry into Lordstown Motors in the latest challenge to the Ohio-based electric vehicle startup. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)

PIPELINES:
• An Iowa pipeline activist is sentenced to eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a single count of damaging an energy facility involving the Dakota Access pipeline. (Des Moines Register)
• The Keystone XL developer files claims against the U.S. government seeking to recover more than $15 billion after the Biden administration canceled a key permit for the pipeline. (The Hill)

POLICY: An Illinois coalition that includes business and labor groups say negotiations over a sweeping clean energy plan should address potentially increased electricity rates. (State Journal-Register)

SOLAR:
• Dubuque, Iowa officials are considering a pilot program that would help low- to moderate-income residents install solar panels on their homes. (Telegraph Herald)
• State regulators approve plans for a 75 MW solar project in southeastern Wisconsin. (Waunakee Tribune)
• Developer Invenergy is resuming plans for a 120 MW solar project in Indiana after a state appeals court rejected a civil lawsuit brought by project opponents. (Terre Haute Tribune-Star)

CARBON CAPTURE:
• The gas pipeline operator that was recently spun off from DTE Energy says carbon capture and storage is among top technologies it’s exploring to reduce emissions. (Bloomberg)
• North Dakota regulators will hold public hearings on a proposed 7-mile pipeline that will move carbon dioxide to a series of storage wells. (Bismarck Tribune)

CLEAN ENERGY: Climate activists and Democratic lawmakers push for a larger federal infrastructure bill that includes more clean energy spending to address climate change than the Senate’s bipartisan package. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says carbon capture and storage is “one of the most meaningful steps” that can be taken to limit greenhouse gas emissions. (Des Moines Register)

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.