WIND: The Ohio Supreme Court will consider an appeal next week challenging permits that a state board approved for a pilot offshore wind project in Lake Erie. (

UTILITIES: Despite a pledge to reach net-zero emissions by 2035, CenterPoint Energy is planning a $1.7 billion gas pipeline expansion in multiple areas including Minneapolis and suburban Indianapolis. (Energy and Policy Institute)

EFFICIENCY: A Madison, Wisconsin, company is awarded more than $5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to equip 15 local buildings with smart technology to reduce energy consumption. (Wisconsin State Journal)

TRANSMISSION: Minnesota joins a group of seven states and ratepayer advocates in urging federal regulators to reject calls to give incumbent utilities first rights to build transmission lines that offer regional benefits. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says the ongoing shortage of computer semiconductors threatens automakers’ expansive electric vehicle plans. (E&E News)

CLIMATE: As Kansas City officials develop a more advanced climate plan, local council members’ declaration of a climate change emergency has caused some confusion over how strategies might be funded. (KCUR)

BATTERIES: A division of LG Chem that has operations in western Michigan secures $1.36 billion in financing to expand battery manufacturing operations in North America for electric vehicles and energy storage. (Detroit News)

• North Dakota officials will consider several proposals for clean energy projects, including carbon capture at a coal plant and a hydrogen hub, that could qualify for millions in grant funding. (Bismarck Tribune)
• President Biden will visit a Minnesota technical college today to tout the benefits of the $1 trillion infrastructure law that includes job training opportunities around clean energy and electric vehicles. (Reuters)
• Ohio State University officials earlier this month broke ground on a clean energy research facility. (The Lantern)

• Iowa’s largest fertilizer plant signs an agreement to capture and transport its carbon emissions through a proposed 1,300-mile network across the Midwest that would store the carbon in Illinois. (S&P Global)
• The first of dozens of public hearings start today on the proposed carbon capture pipeline. (Radio Iowa)

SOLAR: Indiana Wesleyan University is launching a “solar as a service” project that purchases power from a developer’s project while providing learning opportunities for students. (Chronicle-Tribune)

OIL & GAS: Spire customers in southwestern Missouri expect to pay twice as much for natural gas this winter as costs rise in the region. (Joplin Globe)

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.