CLIMATE: The University of Minnesota will phase out all of its investments in fossil fuel-related companies over the next five to seven years following pressure from students calling for more climate action. (Star Tribune)

ALSO: A Wisconsin pastor plans to fast until Congress passes a climate change bill. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

OHIO:
• Ohio lawmakers sponsor legislation to repeal coal plant subsidies that have already cost ratepayers $340 million. (Associated Press)
• Gov. Mike DeWine’s top lobbyist, who was linked to the ongoing power plant subsidy bribery scandal but never charged, resigns citing the “pace and grind” of the job. (Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION: Illinois’ new sweeping clean energy law includes provisions that could make it easier for developers to acquire land for the Grain Belt Express transmission project. (Missouri Times)

CLEAN ENERGY: Local officials and environmental groups urge Columbus, Ohio, voters to reject a ballot initiative that would direct tens of millions of dollars in local tax revenue toward clean energy projects with little oversight. (Columbus Dispatch)

WIND: Michigan lawmakers introduce legislation that would create statewide uniformity in the way wind turbines are taxed. (Huron Daily Tribune)

SOLAR:
• A Minnesota solar equipment manufacturer recently expanded in northern Minnesota in anticipation of a large-scale solar energy buildout. (Star Tribune)
• Local officials begin to consider a proposed 1,600-acre solar project in northwestern Indiana. (WKVI)
• A Michigan agency signs a deal to purchase renewable energy from an in-state supplier to power seven state parks and offices. (WHMI)
• County officials in Ohio advance plans for a 49 MW solar project. (Bryan Times)

CARBON CAPTURE:
• A plan to run a carbon dioxide pipeline through Nebraska and Iowa faces opposition from landowners and environmental advocates who are concerned about safety and a lack of oversight. (Omaha World-Herald)
• A Minneapolis-based startup helps private landowners calculate the financial benefits of placing forested land in carbon credit programs. (Star Tribune)

POWER PLANTS: Ohio State University students protest the ongoing construction of a natural gas-powered combined heat and power plant on campus. (The Lantern)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Some electric vehicle drivers say part of Rivian’s appeal is how different the company is from Tesla. (CNN)

COMMENTARY:
• Vehicles with longer range and declining costs make transitioning to electric vehicle models easier for rural residents, says an electric cooperative official. (Energy News Network)
• Climate change is a public health crisis that requires massive public investments in infrastructure and clean energy, says a Michigan nurse and clean air advocate. (Lansing State Journal)
• Recent extreme weather events show the need for widespread investments in power grid infrastructure in southeastern Michigan and other U.S. cities, says the head of the U.S. Green Building Council. (Detroit Free Press)

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.