BIOFUELS: An analysis of federal data shows that ethanol plants produce twice as many carbon emissions per gallon of fuel capacity than oil refineries, in part the result of a history of industry-friendly federal regulation. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• Though ethanol is only mentioned three times in the new federal climate law, the industry stands to benefit from its carbon capture provisions, clean fuel production credits, and incentives for sustainable aviation fuel. (S&P Global)
• Missouri is offering up to $40 million in grants for construction, installation, or upgrading of infrastructure for storing or dispersing ethanol. (News Tribune) 

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SOLAR:
• A team led by University of Illinois researchers is developing an educational game to teach kids how farmers can blend solar panels and crop production. (Energy News Network)
• Wisconsin dairy farmers are learning that cows and solar panels can coexist, providing a new source of income to help stabilize finances for small and mid-sized farms. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• An Indiana life sciences company is installing rooftop solar at several of its facilities and expects to reduce its energy bills by 60%. (Inside Indiana Business)
• A plan to develop Iowa’s largest solar and battery storage facility on the site of a retired nuclear plant has the official green light after a vote this week. (Gazette)
• Ohio regulators schedule a local public hearing this fall for a proposed 144 MW solar project in Morrow County north of Columbus. (Farm and Dairy) 

WIND: An Ohio county finalizes ballot language for a local referendum on whether to bar wind farm development in unincorporated areas. (Telegraph Forum)

GRID: Grid operator MISO for the first time will allow energy storage resources to participate in its energy and operating reserve markets. (Utility Dive)

COAL: Climate and clean air advocates deliver 2,500 petitions to AES Indiana calling on the utility to fully retire its Petersburg coal plant. (Indiana Public Media)

OIL & GAS:
• In a court filing, the Biden administration agrees to consider greenhouse gas impacts in a new environmental review for oil and gas leases on 58,000 acres of federal land in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. (Reuters)
• BP restarted its Whiting, Indiana, refinery over the weekend following an Aug. 24 fire that idled the plant and squeezed gas supplies in the region. (Reuters)

PIPELINES:
• A carbon pipeline developer is suing unwilling landowners in Iowa and the Dakotas to obtain easements that would allow its surveyors onto properties. (Iowa Capital Dispatch, AgWeek)
• A planned pipeline would carry up to 12 million tons of carbon dioxide per year through Peoria on its way to a central Illinois sequestration site. (WCBU) 

UTILITIES: Ann Arbor, Michigan activists applaud the city council’s decision to fund a study on how a municipal utility could help meet its clean energy goals. (MLive)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: This year’s Kansas City International Auto Show has a big emphasis on electric cars, with opportunities to test ride several different models. (Kansas City Star)

COMMENTARY:
• A Sierra Club representative says CenterPoint Energy needs to reconsider its long-range energy plan before Indiana utility regulators in light of incentives in the new federal climate law. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)
• Michigan utility regulators should block DTE Energy from implementing new monthly fees designed to make solar uneconomical for customers, an environmental policy analyst writes. (Bridge Michigan) 

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Dan has two decades' experience working in print, digital and broadcast media. Prior to joining the Energy News Network as managing editor in December 2017, he oversaw watchdog reporting at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, part of the USA Today Network, and before that spent several years as a freelance journalist covering energy, business and technology. Dan is a former Midwest Energy News journalism fellow and a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.