CORRECTION: A story in Thursday’s newsletter included an incorrect link to a story about BP and Hertz developing a national electric vehicle charging network. The story can be found here.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A pair of hyperlocal ride-hailing startups in Chicago offer new transportation alternatives in predominantly Black neighborhoods underserved by traditional ride-hailing services and public transit. (Energy News Network)

• Black business owners, faith leaders, and civic organizations criticize Indiana’s newly approved electric vehicle charging plan for ignoring racial inequities and including only surface-level input from communities of color. (Indianapolis Star)
• A western Michigan county and private college partner on an electric vehicle charging needs assessment to identify optimal charging areas and ownership models. (MiBiz)
• An Illinois community college breaks ground on a $17.5 million electric vehicle job-training facility. (WGLT)
• Electric vehicle startup Lordstown Motors begins producing electric trucks at its Ohio manufacturing plant. (Associated Press)
• A Chicago automobile association this weekend will hold its first trade show focused on electric vehicles. (WGN)

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EQUITY: University of Michigan researchers release a framework that offers guidance on measuring energy equity, including 148 recommendations and resources on implementing them. (Energy News Network)

• A study finds that among 47 large U.S. companies, only Xcel Energy tied its CEO pay to measurable greenhouse gas emission reductions. (Star Tribune)
• A new Iowa group says manufacturers, data centers and other large energy users should be able to buy electricity on the open market rather than through local utilities. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

CARBON CAPTURE: The federal government is set to invest billions of dollars in carbon capture projects despite little success in similar spending over the past decade. (S&P Global)

EFFICIENCY: The Chicago City Council passes updated building efficiency codes that will soon require new efficiency and electrification standards to help with decarbonization. (Utility Dive)

STORAGE: An Illinois startup receives financial and technical support from a commercial financing organization to advance ultra-long duration energy storage technology. (Centered)

• Solar energy opponents in rural Ohio often outnumber supporters of large-scale projects during public meetings and demand local officials to fall in line and oppose projects. (Inside Climate News/ABC News)
• Southwestern Illinois local officials approve a special use permit for a utility-scale solar project at a former landfill. (
• A central Illinois village plans a 35-acre community solar project that backers say will reduce electric bills for subscribers and provide revenue for local governments and schools. (WCBU)

OIL & GAS: University of Michigan researchers find that the flaring of excess gas at oil fields, landfills and manufacturing plants is releasing more methane than previously thought. (Detroit News)

• With 10 wind and solar projects planned in Iowa, NextEra Energy officials seek community engagement with local officials and residents. (Globe Gazette)
• A new Wisconsin beverage production facility equipped with onsite solar and battery storage can be a roadmap for other businesses looking to reduce their reliance on the electric grid, officials say. (Kenosha News)

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HYDROGEN: Minnesota-based 3M has developed a powder material that could help unlock cost savings in green hydrogen production. (Star Tribune)

PIPELINES: A coalition of Iowa counties seeks to study the potential land and soil impacts of multiple carbon pipeline developments. (KMALand)

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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.