HYDROGEN: Environmental groups want more specifics from government and industry backers about how a proposed Midwest hydrogen production hub would benefit the public or the climate. (Inside Climate News)

• An Ohio land leasing commission delays a decision on opening two state parks and two wildlife areas to oil and gas exploration, though members expressed an interest in starting permitting soon. (Cleveland.com)
• The permitting process is playing out despite an ongoing investigation into claims by more than 150 residents that their names and addresses were used without consent on pro-fracking comments submitted to the commission. (Energy News Network)

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RENEWABLES: Illinois and Indiana take separate approaches to siting commercial wind and solar projects, highlighting the large role that local governments play in allowing projects to move forward. (E&E News)

GRID:  An energy researcher says two Indiana utilities have not adequately considered alternatives such as battery storage or demand response as they seek to build natural gas peaker plants. (WFYI)

PIPELINES: Illinois’ attorney general claims in court filings that the owner of a St. Louis-area natural gas pipeline has failed to show that it has taken proper measures against erosion. (St. Louis Public Radio)

OVERSIGHT: Democratic U.S. Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri says the GOP’s new control of a subcommittee on energy policy ignores key energy issues that constituents care about. (E&E News, subscription)

• Interest surges in a Minnesota program that provides school districts with financial and technical support for installing solar projects. (MPR)
• Township officials hear from residents in support and against a proposed $150 million solar project in Ohio. (Business Journal)
• Michigan’s second-largest city issues a request for proposals to develop a 60-acre capped landfill site with solar. (FOX 17)
• An eastern Michigan school district installed rooftop solar on seven buildings in 2020 that are estimated to save the district about $45,000 annually. (Mid-Michigan Now)

CLEAN ENERGY: Minnesota clean energy jobs grew by nearly 3.5% last year as the state’s industry now employs nearly 60,000 people, according to a new report. (Public News Service)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ameren Illinois deploys a growing number of electric vehicles in its fleet for lineworkers and other staff in the field. (The Intelligencer)

COMMENTARY: An Ohio law that was at the center of the state’s largest corruption scheme requires ratepayers to subsidize coal plants that contribute to climate change, a columnist writes. (Ohio Capital Journal) 

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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.