TRANSPORTATION: A Chicago-area startup develops technology to retrofit diesel engines to run on ethanol, betting that it’s a faster path to decarbonize heavy-duty trucking than waiting for electric replacements. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Michigan’s new chief mobility officer leads a collaborative effort to work across state government, academia and private industry to advance clean transportation options in the state. (Newsweek)





  • Five Eastern Iowa counties will use $2 million in federal funds to develop a regional climate action plan after the state declined to participate in the program. (Gazette) 
  • Parts of the Midwest would be vulnerable to deadly “moist heat stress” beyond what human bodies can tolerate if global warming exceeds 2 degrees Celsius, according to a new Purdue University study. (CNN)


PIPELINES: Sioux City, Iowa’s city council today is expected to consider a resolution opposing construction of CO2 pipelines in or near the city. (Sioux City Journal)

COAL ASH: The Illinois attorney general files a lawsuit against Springfield’s municipal utility for allegedly releasing more than 700 tons of coal ash. (WAND)

UTILITIES: A ruling by Ohio utility regulators leaves renters exposed to electricity suppliers that have been accused of price gouging captive customers, advocates say. (

POLICY: Michigan Democrats are aiming for a sweeping climate deal that could include Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed clean energy standard. (Politico, subscription)


  • A public policy analyst says Ohio lawmakers could bolster job growth by strengthening the state’s renewable portfolio standard and enacting other carbon emission reduction strategies. (Ohio Capital Journal)
  • Will your electric boat electrocute you if it sinks? Obsessively insulated batteries and several fail-safes mean the answer is not likely, a reporter finds. (Heatmap)

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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.