UTILITIES: As judges deny sentencing delays for two key figures in the Ohio’s power plant bailout scandal, former FirstEnergy executives fear they will be indicted next. (Ohio Capital Journal)
• More than half of the 77 community areas in Chicago lack public electric vehicle charging stations, highlighting the challenges of building a robust charging network even in densely populated areas. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• Minnesota lawmakers set aside $4 million for rebates for electric bikes, which are growing in popularity among residents. (MPR News)
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• Consumer advocates oppose Indiana Michigan Power’s request to own a pair of solar projects rather than buying the power from a third-party developer, citing cost concerns. (Indiana Public Radio)
• Michigan lawmakers again propose to lift caps on ratepayer participation in utility rooftop solar programs while requiring utilities to pay “fair” rates for excess power sent back to the grid. (Crain’s Detroit Business, subscription)
GRID: Illinois lawmakers show sudden urgency in legislation that would give Ameren Illinois first rights to build new transmission projects in its service territory. (Crain’s Chicago Business, subscription)
• A carbon pipeline developer says climate change denial among landowners is another source of opposition to the company’s project. (Inforum)
• Environmental groups call on the Biden administration to halt carbon pipeline construction until more federal safety regulations are adopted. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)
• A South Dakota ethanol plant joins 32 others in five states that have signed on to participate in a proposed carbon capture pipeline. (Mitchell Republic)
WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Minnesota’s most populous county must come up with a plan to close a trash incinerator before it can access $26 million in state funding for an anaerobic digester project. (Sahan Journal)
COAL: Environmental groups that have long pushed to clean up coal ash at a Northwest Indiana coal plant say recently proposed federal cleanup rules are the “collective moment that we have long been waiting for.” (Times of Northwest Indiana)
• The governors of Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska urge the U.S. EPA to increase biofuel production volumes required under renewable fuels standard. (Radio Iowa)
• A company proposes a new way of cleaning up a large amount of contaminated waste from a former Nebraska ethanol plant that involves mixing it with other materials and wrapping it in plastic. (Nebraska Examiner)