• An Ohio judge who oversees utility cases withdraws himself from four proceedings involving legislation at the center of a criminal corruption investigation that he helped write. (Ohio Capital Journal)
• Gov. Mike DeWine reappoints a Public Utilities Commission member who has helped oversee FirstEnergy rate increases that have been the focus of recent critical audits. (Ohio Capital Journal)

• While U.S. power plants have slashed mercury emissions over the past decade, North Dakota’s coal fleet continues to emit a disproportionate share. (Inforum)
• A proposed settlement would require Indiana utility NIPSCO to spend $12 million to clean up coal ash-contaminated soil near a national park along Lake Michigan. (WISH)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Michigan-based commercial electric vehicle producer Electric Last Mile Solutions will lay off about a quarter of its staff to focus on its core business. (Reuters)

• A company is in the early stages of a planned large-scale solar and energy storage project near its existing wind turbines in central Illinois. (WCBU)
• A local solar group-buying cooperative aims to reduce upfront costs for solar installations in a nine-county region of Ohio. (Dayton Daily News)

• A local anti-wind group expands its signature-gathering operation in an effort to stop a proposed 60-turbine wind project in northern Ohio. (Telegraph Forum)
• The Michigan Court of Appeals rules that a county airport board improperly denied variances for eight new wind turbines near an airport. (RTO Insider, subscription)

• Indiana residents continue to pay for the costs associated with a four-year-old natural gas plant that has sat idle for nearly 14 months. (Indianapolis Star)
• State, industry, tribal and environmental advocates from North Dakota weigh in on the Biden administration’s plan to curb carbon emissions. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Two oil and gas industry groups seek to pause enforcement of a new federal rule requiring companies to better monitor pipelines in sensitive coastal or shoreline areas such as the Great Lakes. (Michigan Radio)
• North Dakota’s U.S. senators use Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to promote more oil and gas activity and pipeline projects in the Upper Midwest. (Sidney Herald)

BIOGAS: U.S. gas utilities plan to connect a growing amount of renewable natural gas supplies to their distribution networks this year as customer demand increases. (S&P Global)

CARBON CAPTURE: Some Nebraska landowners are backing legislation that would provide additional protections from pipeline companies developing carbon pipelines on their property. (Nebraska Examiner)

BIOFUELS: Nebraska lawmakers consider a proposal to create a special committee to investigate a former ethanol plant that has been shuttered after leaving behind contaminated wastewater. (Lincoln Journal Star)

COMMENTARY: Legislation that would significantly limit solar energy production on Iowa farmland risks additional jobs, investments and grid stability, clean energy advocates say. (Des Moines Register)

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.