EMISSIONS: Greenhouse gas emissions from Indiana industrial facilities declined 27% over the past decade, primarily from coal plants closing, according to new EPA data. (WFYI)

POLITICS: Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn calls on state lawmakers to hold a special legislative session on ethics following bribery convictions in the “ComEd Four” trial. (Center Square)

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WIND: An Iowa county considers restrictive wind energy siting regulations that would increase turbine setback distances from 600 feet to two miles. (KCAU)

GEOTHERMAL: Duluth, Minnesota, receives a $700,000 federal grant to design a geothermal heating district that could help to decarbonize hundreds of buildings. (FOX 21)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Michigan advocates express frustration that Democratic lawmakers, with newfound control of the legislature, have not advanced bills targeted at environmental justice or making companies pay for pollution. (Planet Detroit) 

EFFICIENCY: A Missouri city grapples with renters who say they want energy efficiency upgrades but don’t want to pay for them, while landlords seek to pass efficiency upgrade costs on to tenants. (Columbia Missourian)

• Manufacturing electric vehicles is proving to be a major job provider in one eastern Ohio county. (Ideastream)
• Local first responders attend a safety seminar on potentially dealing with non-hazardous materials that would be shipped in and out of a proposed central Michigan electric vehicle battery plant. (Big Rapids Pioneer)

• North Dakota regulators hold public hearings on a proposed carbon capture pipeline that bring out frustrated residents who say they are unwilling to lease their land to project developers. (AgWeek)
• Iowa landowners ask two new state energy regulators to consider opponents of carbon pipeline proposals as they move into their new oversight roles. (Radio Iowa)
• A carbon pipeline developer will consider an alternative route near Bismarck, North Dakota, based on landowner opposition to a prior proposal. (Bismarck Tribune)

• A western Iowa county’s new solar ordinance includes a “pollinator scorecard” meant to help preserve land underneath panels. (KMALand)
• Developers pitch preliminary plans for a 5 MW solar project in central Michigan that would eventually be owned and operated by Consumers Energy. (Daily News)

ELECTRIFICATION: Ann Arbor, Michigan, will hold public listening sessions to gather resident input on a preliminary plan to transition from DTE Energy’s gas service to meet local climate targets. (MLive)

GRID: Illinois regulators and consumer advocates raise concerns with regional grid operators MISO and PJM about the delay in connecting renewable energy projects to the grid as a large number of coal plants come offline. (RTO Insider, subscription)

RENEWABLES: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signs a bill exempting certain solar and wind components from state sales taxes. (Thomson Reuters)

CLEAN ENERGY: A University of Illinois student is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering to apply clean energy in practical situations. (Daily Illini)

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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.