HYDROGEN: Critics say efforts to make Appalachian Ohio a “blue” hydrogen hub would be an energy- and water-intensive decarbonization strategy that largely benefits the oil and gas industry. (Energy News Network)

• Iowa regulators order a carbon pipeline developer to disclose financial aspects of its agreements with ethanol plants to attorneys for groups that seek to verify the economic claims of the proposed project. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)
• An Iowa county will require carbon pipeline developers to conduct special drilling to cross agricultural drainage tiles and ditches, which could add nearly $500,000 to project costs. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• South Dakota officials recommend approval of a permit for a carbon pipeline developer to draw water from a nearby aquifer, prompting pushback from landowners. (South Dakota Searchlight)

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• Wisconsin solar installers say two utilities’ plans to replace net metering with new compensation structures would make home solar installations attainable only for wealthy residents. (WAOW)
• Some Illinois local officials say a recent state law limits their ability to block commercial solar developments amid landowner opposition. (Herald-News)
• A Minnesota early childhood school installs rooftop solar not only for the environmental and economic benefits, but also to provide a learning opportunity to students. (KARE)

BIOENERGY: Agricultural biogas producers are lobbying to make its producers eligible for federal electric vehicle incentives, arguing that the fuel can be used to generate electricity to power vehicles. (Grist/Popular Science)

UTILITIES: Officials in Wichita, Kansas, are set to vote on a resolution urging Evergy to scale back a proposed rate increase that would “impair economic growth, sustainability and the common benefit” of the city and residents. (Wichita Eagle)

CLIMATE: The leader of a Minnesota organization that works to amplify the voices of people affected by climate change is selected for an Obama Foundation leadership program. (WCCO)

PIPELINES: Demonstrators rally at the Wisconsin Capitol to call on state officials to shut down the Line 5 pipeline. (WKOW)

COAL: The federal Interior Department approves a coal mining plan for a North Dakota site that was approved for a lease in 2021. (Bismarck Tribune)

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• The electric vehicle transition is at the heart of the UAW’s contract demands from major automakers as labor leaders seek to protect jobs building batteries and assembling electric vehicles, a columnist writes. (Michigan Advance)
• A corporate sustainability executive for a multinational manufacturer says Ohio industrial companies can lead by reducing carbon emissions from facilities and operations. (Cleveland.com)
• Despite receiving class action settlement payments, FirstEnergy ratepayers in Ohio should know that legal action against the utility’s role in a bribery scandal is far from over, an editorial board writes. (Cleveland.com)

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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.