PIPELINES:
• The developers of a third carbon capture pipeline submit proposed route details to Iowa regulators. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• An Iowa landowner describes the prospect of involuntarily losing land through eminent domain for a proposed carbon pipeline as a “living nightmare.” (Tri States Public Radio)

CLEAN ENERGY: Michigan led all states in energy-sector job growth in 2021, bolstered by the auto industry and a growing attention to hybrid and electric vehicles. (MiBiz)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• South Dakotans have growing interest in electric vehicles, though concerns exist about the cost of vehicles and the availability of charging stations. (South Dakota Public Broadcasting)
• A Nebraska community hospital adds two onsite electric vehicle charging stations following requests from employees and visitors. (Columbus Telegram)

OIL & GAS:
• The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation (MHA) pursues plans to capture flared gas from oil well rigs and sell it to gasification plants to be converted to hydrogen. (Tribal Business News)
• Local officials approve a service agreement to provide water to a proposed $1.2 billion natural gas plant in Lordstown, Ohio. (The Business Journal, subscription)

WIND:
• A new Indiana law allowing counties to adopt regulations that qualify them as renewable energy-ready communities signifies a new openness to wind development. (Great Lakes Now)
• County officials in southwestern Iowa vote to hire outside counsel to help acquire information about a proposed commercial wind project. (KMALand)

FRAC SAND: A developer receives a key state permit for a proposed Missouri silica sand mine that would produce sand for natural gas drilling, though a legal dispute remains over a local health ordinance. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

UTILITIES: South Dakota utility regulators say a former staff member may intervene in a MidAmerican Energy rate case despite objections from the utility. (KELO)

COAL:
• Local officials consider whether the site of a former small coal plant in southern Indiana can be used for workforce development housing. (Dubois County Free Press)
• Xcel Energy prepares to demolish a nine-story former coal plant in southwestern Minnesota that ceased operations in 2004. (West Central Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Storing renewable natural gas and hydrogen, pumped hydro facilities and widespread solar could be key ingredients to Michigan’s clean energy future, write power sector consultants. (Bridge Michigan)

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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.