ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Black Minnesota residents face stark health disparities compared to White people in the state because of their close proximity to air pollution sources, including automobile traffic and trash incinerators. (MinnPost)

COAL: A proposed settlement agreement involving the U.S. EPA’s coal ash cleanup rules could speed up remediation at a northwestern Indiana coal plant. (Times of Northwest Indiana)

GRID: A task force of state and federal energy regulators weighs the costs and benefits of boosting protections for U.S. grid infrastructure amid a rise in attacks. (States Newsroom)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Plans for two large electric vehicle battery manufacturing plants in Michigan are drawing scrutiny for their ties to Chinese companies as well as repurposing rural landscapes. (Crain’s Detroit Business, subscription)

PIPELINES: Iowa regulators will begin hearings this fall on a proposed $4.5 billion carbon capture pipeline that would traverse the state. (Des Moines Register)

HYDROGEN: Ohio begins to make its mark on the nascent U.S. hydrogen industry as companies plan investments in fuel production and infrastructure. (WVXU)

• Environmental groups and researchers are skeptical of cryptocurrency companies’ claims about reducing emissions from their operations. (Grist)
• St. Cloud, Minnesota, is already seeing energy cost savings from its 100% renewable energy target for city operations, which local officials plan to extend to the entire community. (KFGO)

• Four homes in Kenosha, Wisconsin, are among nearly 50 Habitat for Humanity houses in the state that will receive free rooftop solar panels under a partnership with clean energy advocates. (Kenosha News)
• Ohio regulators will hold a public hearing this spring on a developer’s plan to build a 3.6-mile transmission line to connect a utility-scale solar project to a nearby substation. (Chillicothe Gazette)

NUCLEAR: A Wisconsin company is developing nuclear fusion technology that executives say will help create unlimited access to clean energy in the future. (Capital Times)

WIND: The owner of an Illinois wind farm is still working to determine the cause of a turbine collapse last week. (News-Gazette)

COMMENTARY: The head of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says carbon pipelines would provide a key lifeline for the state’s ethanol plants. (Des Moines Register)

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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.