BUILDINGS: Chicago is launching a $15 million initiative to help low-income residents decarbonize their buildings through grants for electric stoves, heat pumps and energy efficiency measures. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford’s CEO says the company will rely on hybrid trucks for years to come to accommodate customers who are apprehensive about switching to all-electric vehicles. (Detroit Free Press)


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CARBON CAPTURE:
• A carbon pipeline developer says it would reimburse South Dakota residents for crop damages caused by the project, though critics say the payments would be limited and then stop after two years. (South Dakota Searchlight)
• A carbon pipeline executive tells South Dakota regulators that he would be comfortable buying a home along a carbon pipeline route and that he does not think a leak would affect property values. (KELO)
• A developer claims in court that an Iowa county’s attempt to restrict carbon pipeline development is unlawful and preempted by federal law. (Bloomberg Law, subscription)

WIND: The operator of a 99-turbine wind project in Nebraska sues a county board for imposing sound limits years after it was built. (News Channel Nebraska)

HYDROGEN: An Xcel Energy executive says the company plans to build two new gas peaker plants in Minnesota and North Dakota that could be converted to run on hydrogen in the future. (Prairie Public Broadcasting)

GRID: Utilities begin planning a new 95-mile transmission line in southeastern North Dakota that would potentially be completed in 2028. (Jamestown Sun)

OIL & GAS: Two pipeline operators agree to pay $12.5 million in civil penalties related to crude oil spills in Montana and North Dakota. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Athens, Ohio, is taking steps to drastically reduce its carbon emissions by installing solar at energy-intensive municipal facilities. (WTAP)

UTILITIES:
• Ann Arbor, Michigan, residents renew calls for a municipal utility to replace DTE Energy following another recent round of storm-induced power outages. (CBS Detroit)
• A former Wisconsin energy regulator takes an executive position with electric grid operator American Transmission Co. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Kansas’ attorney general says he is “very confident” that his office will be able to recover money for natural gas ratepayers following accusations of price gouging in early 2021. (Capital-Journal)

CLEAN ENERGY: A Minneapolis dental clinic installs solar, high-efficiency lighting and heat pumps to reduce its emissions. (Finance & Commerce)

BIOFUELS: U.S. Sens. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota introduce a bill to provide incentives to purchase flex-fuel vehicles that can run on biofuels. (KOLN)

COMMENTARY: Pending legislation in Michigan would help low-income utility customers access solar and energy efficiency programs, ensuring disadvantaged communities benefit from clean energy, a Union of Concerned Scientists expert writes. (Bridge)

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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.