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TRANSPORTATION: A coalition of environmental, community and labor groups call on Illinois to adopt rules that would require electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to make up a growing share of heavy- and medium-duty truck sales. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
• A Minnesota county has emerged as the state’s solar development capital and offers lessons in the realities of local landowner opposition to utility-scale projects. (Inside Climate News)
• The developer of a recently denied Ohio solar project plans to appeal state regulators’ rejection to the Ohio Supreme Court. (WYSO)
• A renewable energy developer partners with BP on a 100 MW Indiana solar project. (DuBois County Free Press)

NUCLEAR:
• The Biden administration has earmarked billions of dollars for plans that could deliver small-scale nuclear generation to former coal plants. (Bloomberg Law)
• The operator of a recently shuttered southwestern Michigan nuclear plant will reapply for federal subsidies in an attempt to reopen the plant. (Detroit News)

GRID: U.S. Rep. Sean Casten of Illinois leads a group of lawmakers calling for $2.1 billion in federal funding to address a shortage of electrical transformers that are slowing grid distribution projects and making them more expensive. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES:
• After two previous extensions, no bids were submitted from companies to build a natural gas pipeline across North Dakota despite $150 million in state funding to support the project. (AgWeek)
• Iowa regulators won’t hold hearings on a controversial carbon pipeline for at least three months as some groups call for more time to review the plan. (InForum)
• A photojournalist claims several North Dakota law enforcement officers wrongfully arrested her during the 2017 Dakota Access pipeline protests. (InForum)

HYDROGEN: The Energy Department will allocate $750 million for clean hydrogen and to help develop a U.S.-based supply chain and fuel cell manufacturing. (Utility Dive)

WIND: A southwestern Iowa county has spent nearly five years crafting wind energy siting regulations while a developer seeks to build a 200 MW project there. (KMALand)

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OIL & GAS: North Dakota oil and gas production remained flat in October, though officials expect December production to drop from last week’s blizzard. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• A former Environmental Law and Policy Center fellow says true community-owned solar is needed to ensure a just clean energy transition. (Utility Dive)
• A Minnesota clean energy advocate says residents should reject misleading “all of the above” energy policies and embrace wind and solar development. (MinnPost)

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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.