OHIO: Federal prosecutors detail how utility money flowed through dark money groups to political action committees and limited liability companies to benefit former House Speaker Larry Householder. (Ohio Capital Journal)
UTILITIES: An Indiana bill would allow utilities to recover the cost of natural gas plants as they’re being built, easing those costs onto customers over a longer period of time. (Indiana Public Media)
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CLEAN ENERGY: The Minnesota Senate is expected to take up legislation today requiring the state’s utilities to deliver 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040. (MPR News)
• North Dakota regulators schedule four public hearings over the coming months on a proposed carbon pipeline project that would transport emissions from ethanol plants across the Midwest. (Bismarck Tribune)
• North Dakota lawmakers introduce additional carbon pipeline legislation that would limit developers’ use of state tax incentives if they are already receiving federal tax incentives. (KFYR)
OVERSIGHT: States brace for a flood of environmental permitting activity as developers prepare for significant projects made possible under recent federal climate and infrastructure laws. (Bloomberg Law)
• An Iowa judge dismisses a lawsuit brought by landowners against a county board over its decision to approve a large-scale solar project. (KCRG)
• An Ohio county is poised to receive $900,000 a year in revenue from a proposed utility-scale solar project. (WTRF)
OIL & GAS: An Ohio commission approves new lease forms and rules for oil and gas companies seeking to drill on public lands as residents call for more public input and oversight of projects. (Ohio Capital Journal)
BATTERIES: A Michigan battery startup planning a $1.6 billion production facility in southeastern Michigan raises $300 million from investors. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian, which has a production facility in Illinois, plans to cut 6% of its workforce in an effort to reduce costs. (Reuters)
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GRID: Electric cooperatives serving rural Michigan receive more than $270 million in federal loans to build out and upgrade electric grid infrastructure and broadband internet. (Michigan Farm News)
COMMENTARY: Minnesota faith leaders call on state officials to pass a 100% carbon-free electricity bill, which they call “the single most important gift you can give us, our children, and all future generations.” (Post Bulletin)