CLIMATE:  Minnesota will use a $3 million federal climate planning grant to study the effects of emission reductions on disadvantaged communities, expand outreach to low-income and tribal communities, and analyze workforce needs. (Energy News Network)

• A regional coalition of landowners and Republican lawmakers gather in Iowa to call for more organized GOP opposition to planned carbon pipelines in the Midwest. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)
• An Iowa landowner argues in court that a carbon pipeline should not be defined as a hazardous liquid pipeline, which could complicate a developer’s attempt to build a project. (Des Moines Register)
• Democrats, Republicans, climate change deniers and environmental groups have aligned in their opposition to using eminent domain for carbon pipelines in South Dakota. (South Dakota Searchlight)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The Biden administration’s push for electric vehicles is up against union criticism over relatively low-wage jobs and the closure of gasoline-powered car factories. (Washington Post)

OIL & GAS: Activists work to build opposition to drilling for oil and gas under public land in Ohio. (Allegheny Front)

• Two Wisconsin utilities argue their proposals for compensating customers for excess solar power they generate are more beneficial than net metering, even though other stakeholders disagree. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• An Indiana city considers local commercial solar zoning regulations that could differ from rules adopted at the county level. (The Republic)
• An Iowa planning commission is divided over a developer’s plan for a commercial solar project with battery storage. (Clinton Herald)

UTILITIES: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine recently vetoed legislation that would have allowed utilities to charge customers to build infrastructure for speculative economic development projects. (

• A new report recommends transitioning Michigan’s power grid to smaller, decentralized generation sources to meet expected shifts in demand caused by electrification and electric vehicles. (WWMT)
• A nearly $15 million federal grant will help Michigan plan for improved grid reliability and non-wire alternatives. (MLive)

WIND: Consumers Energy settles a property tax dispute with eastern Michigan townships over the assessment on wind turbines, ending local governments’ uncertainty about tax revenue. (Daily Tribune)

BUILDINGS: A 105-home subdivision in Dubuque would be Iowa’s first net-zero planned community with houses equipped for electric vehicle charging and solar panels. (Radio Iowa)

HYDROGEN: A northern Ohio nuclear plant could play a key role in the state’s ability to become a hydrogen production leader as officials seek federal funding. (WTVG)

POLITICS: As state bills mostly fail to curb environmental, social and governance investment practices, Missouri’s secretary of state proposes a rule requiring brokers to obtain client consent to make investments based on ESG principles. (Reuters)

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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.