COAL:
• Illinois’ attorney general orders a coal mine owner to test for PFAS “forever chemicals” in nearby ponds after the substances were used to put out an underground fire at the mine. (Southern Illinoisan)
• A company is reopening a surface coal mine in Indiana to help supply a recently purchased coal plant. (Inside Indiana Business)

UTILITIES: The trial for former ComEd officials accused in an Illinois bribery scheme is delayed by a scheduling conflict with another high-profile case. (CBS Chicago)

SOLAR:
• Progress on a 640-acre solar project in Iowa is on hold as opponents seek a court order to stop the project. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• A western Michigan college signs an agreement with an Indiana developer for a solar-as-a-service project that would require no upfront investment. (MLive)
• Officials break ground on a solar project at an airport in Springfield, Illinois that’s expected to offset 90% of the facility’s electricity usage. (WICS)
• The Biden administration announces a new $56 million program to help spur U.S. solar product manufacturing. (Reuters)
• An Iowa solar group-buying program provides a crash course for residents and businesses on how to navigate local regulations and the installation process. (Radio Iowa)
• Land use experts say a siting matrix with zoning guidelines would help local officials site large-scale solar projects. (PV Magazine)

NUCLEAR: A land conservancy purchases a 364-acre property in Wisconsin that was once eyed for a nuclear power plant. (Volume One)

PIPELINES:
• Iowa regulators set public meetings next month on a developer’s proposal for a third carbon pipeline through Iowa. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)
• An Iowa corn processing company is the latest firm to partner with the developer of a carbon capture pipeline to help reduce the company’s emissions. (Globe Gazette)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Purdue University researchers are developing a surface technology that would charge electric vehicle batteries while it is driven on. (FOX 59)
• An Indiana utility official does not expect near-term reliability challenges related to the growth of electric vehicles. (WISH)
• Rising gas prices mean it now clearly costs less in the long term to buy and own an electric vehicle than a gas-powered one, an investment analyst concludes. (Inside Climate News)

WIND: County officials approve plans for a southwestern Iowa wind project while the developer awaits approval in another county. (Radio Iowa)

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Andy Balaskovitz

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.