GRID: Delays in connecting renewable energy projects to the grid may prevent states in grid operator PJM’s territory from hitting their clean energy targets, an environmental group finds. (Energy News Network)

• Energy analysts and economists largely agree that laws limiting competition to build new interstate transmission lines harm consumers and could slow the clean energy transition. (Inside Climate News)
• Illinois lawmakers pass a bill giving downstate utility Ameren Illinois first rights to build new transmission projects, though Gov. J.B. Pritzker has pledged to veto the measure. (Crain’s Chicago Business, subscription)

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UTILITIES: Omaha Public Power District in Nebraska considers a $2 billion infrastructure and growth plan to keep up with expected demand increases. (Omaha World-Herald)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: U.S. trash incinerators begin to market themselves as clean energy facilities as they compete for new federal incentives. (Washington Post)

AIR POLLUTION: Minneapolis will now ban heavy-polluting industries from opening facilities in the city, and prohibit the expansion of existing plants that mostly operate in communities of color. (Sahan Journal)

RENEWABLES: Congressional Republicans seek to cut the budgets of programs that support renewable energy projects on farms and in rural areas. (Grist)

SOLAR: Kansas City officials consider proposals for developing hundreds of megawatts of solar power around the city. (Flatland)

NUCLEAR: A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers write to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in support of state funding to repower a recently shuttered nuclear plant. (WWMT)

• A pair of carbon capture pipelines could bring in billions of dollars of new revenue to South Dakota and increase corn prices for farmers over the next decade, according to an economic impact study. (Argus Leader)
• A carbon pipeline developer says it has secured voluntary easements for nearly 80% of the project’s route through a central Iowa county. (Messenger)
• Critics say a carbon pipeline developer is issuing threatening letters to communities that are considering local restrictions on such projects. (Globe Gazette)
• North Dakota regulators approve plans for a carbon storage project at an ethanol plant. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A new pro-pipeline Iowa nonprofit aims to “take away some of the noise” surrounding carbon pipeline projects, though it won’t disclose its financial supporters. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A western Michigan manufacturer looks to capitalize on recent efforts to produce electric vehicle charging station components in the U.S. (MLive)

CLIMATE: South Dakota climate activists say clean energy investments can help the state avoid the worst impacts on the state’s natural resources and tourism and agriculture sectors. (South Dakota Searchlight)

COMMENTARY: An Iowa Republican state senator says carbon capture pipelines are crucial for ensuring the long-term viability of the ethanol industry. (Globe Gazette)

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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.