OHIO: State lawmakers consider separate bills that would restore some of Ohio’s previous energy efficiency program and also repeal ratepayer subsidies for two unprofitable coal plants. (Ohio Capital Journal)

SOLAR:
• Solar advocates testified last week in support of legislation that would open Michigan to third-party community solar development, though major utilities remain firmly opposed. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• Cincinnati officials expect to start receiving power this winter from a 100 MW solar project under development about 45 miles east of the city. (Spectrum News)
• A developer seeks to build public support for a pair of solar projects totaling 250 MW in eastern Iowa. (Clinton Herald)
• Local officials hear support and opposition for a planned 250 MW solar project that’s advancing near Lincoln, Nebraska. (Nebraska Public Media)

RENEWABLES:
• A federal clean electricity program championed by U.S. Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota was left out of a pared down $1.75 trillion spending plan released last week. (Star Tribune)
• Residents in central Missouri urge local officials to adopt a 100% renewable energy target. (Columbia Missourian)

EMISSIONS:
• North Dakota’s attorney general is among state officials supporting the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case that could limit the U.S. EPA’s authority to curb greenhouse gas emissions. (Associated Press)
• A North Dakota board is nearing an agreement with a utility that would capture carbon from a coal plant and store it underground on state property. (Bismarck Tribune)

OVERSIGHT: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz appoints an engineer and agency division leader to head up the state’s Pollution Control Agency, whose previous leader resigned amid a dispute with Republican lawmakers. (Star Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Illinois lawmakers pass a plan to create more tax incentives for electric vehicle manufacturers in an effort to bring more production to the state. (HOIABC.com)
• The Indiana Toll Road operator lays out a plan to reduce carbon emissions 50% by 2030, including by installing electric vehicle charging stations at travel plazas along the 157-mile roadway. (Inside Indiana Business)

OIL & GAS:
• North Dakota’s budget plan calls for spending $150 million in federal pandemic relief funds on natural gas infrastructure. (Associated Press)
• North Dakota officials present plans for a new pipeline that could move natural gas to the eastern part of the state in an effort to increase gas storage capacity. (KFYR)

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.