OHIO: Prosecutors play secret recordings during former House Speaker Larry Householder’s trial to highlight inconsistencies in the way he described his leadership style to what happened in practice. (Ohio Capital Journal)

• A Minnesota utility seeks $25 million from both North Dakota and Minnesota to match federal funding and offset costs of a $700 million transmission line between the two states. (Star Tribune)
• Michigan’s top energy regulator says all options should be on the table to improve reliability in the state after widespread outages, including burying power lines. (WEMU)

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• A year after former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s indictment in a utility corruption scandal, key players in an alleged scheme to benefit ComEd prepare to stand trial. (Illinois Public Media)
• Prolonged power outages in southeastern Michigan over the past week have spurred new interest in creating a publicly owned utility as local leaders criticize major utilities’ “absolutely unacceptable” storm response. (WDIV, MLive)

• The Indiana Senate narrowly passes a bill that would start a carbon capture pilot program as property rights and environmental concerns divide lawmakers. (WFYI)
• Five northeastern Iowa counties hire an attorney to prepare for carbon capture pipeline development. (Radio Iowa)
• Pipeline safety advocates say the Biden administration’s rush to pursue carbon capture and storage projects ignores loopholes in federal regulations on carbon pipelines. (E&E News)

• An Illinois House committee advances a bill that would end the state’s moratorium on new nuclear plant construction. (WCIA)
• The owner of a southwestern Michigan nuclear plant formally reapplies for federal funding to reopen the plant. (Holland Sentinel)

SOLAR: The developer of a proposed 200 MW solar project in western Michigan sues township officials, claiming they unnecessarily stalled in considering the project and violated open meetings and freedom of information acts. (MLive)

OIL & GAS: A commission overseeing Ohio’s oil and gas leasing will seek legislative changes that would allow for more lucrative royalties for companies and make the leasing process easier. (Ohio Capital Journal)

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• Michigan lawmakers passed a $1.3 billion spending bill this week that includes $630 million to develop a site that Ford is eyeing for an electric vehicle battery plant. (Bridge Michigan)
• Two Midwest tribes plan an electric vehicle infrastructure build-out with help from $6.5 million in federal funding. (Red Lake Nation News)

COMMENTARY: A moratorium on wind and solar projects will help a Nebraska county craft zoning regulations and prepare residents for development, an editorial board writes. (McCook 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.