ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Detroit environmental justice advocates lay out a just vision for the city amid a growing climate crisis, widespread power outages and industrial pollution. (Energy News Network/Planet Detroit)


  • Grassroots activists are using social media to spread misinformation about wind and solar projects in states like Iowa and threatening to slow the clean energy transition. (New Republic)
  • A Kansas city adopts new rules barring municipal electric customers from owning renewable energy systems that generate more than 4% of their peak monthly consumption. (Iola Register)

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EMISSIONS: Xcel Energy helped lead the formation of a cohort of 25 U.S. utilities that have pledged 80% carbon emission reductions by 2030, an aggressive target that in some cases exceeds state-level targets. (Canary Media)

CLIMATE: A rise in severe weather events fueled by climate change is contributing to steep increases in homeowners insurance in Nebraska. (Flatwater Free Press)


  • A Michigan environmental group intends to sue a company developing an electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant, claiming the project would harm endangered species. (WOOD-TV8)
  • Amid misleading GOP claims that the electric vehicle transition is decimating U.S. auto-sector jobs, it remains to be seen whether the transition can be achieved with both companies and workers thriving. (HuffPost)
  • Striking UAW workers across the country say they will likely avoid buying electric vehicles based on charging worries and high vehicle prices. (E&E News)


  • An attorney criticizes Iowa regulators for hastily arranging hearings on the proposed Summit carbon pipeline project, affecting landowners’ ability to participate. (Iowa Capital Dispatch) 
  • Summit officials say they have brought more staff to South Dakota to work with landowners on an alternative route after state regulators rejected the company’s initial proposal. (Dakota News Now)
  • Whether carbon pipeline developers can sway Midwest state officials to approve their projects will be a major test for carbon capture and sequestration in the U.S. (Reuters)
  • Union workers express support for a proposed carbon pipeline project during an Illinois county board meeting that also brought out project opponents. (WMBD)

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UTILITIES: Ann Arbor, Michigan, officials consider a recent report outlining options for the city to achieve a 100% renewable energy target, including buying renewable energy credits or creating a municipal utility. (Michigan Daily)

GRID: Detroit utility DTE Energy partners with a workforce development group to help fill 200 tree-trimming job openings anticipated over the next two years. (WDET)

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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.