CLEAN ENERGY: After DTE Energy agrees to accelerate its renewable energy transition, Michigan clean energy advocates hope lawmakers will take similar steps to codify emission-reduction targets into law. (MLive)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Advocates deliver Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson a local “Green New Deal” proposal that aims to tackle energy affordability, clean energy job opportunities, and environmental justice curricula in schools. (Inside Climate News)

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• An Iowa county’s ordinance restricting carbon pipelines conflicts with state and federal regulations and should not be enforced, a federal judge rules. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)
• Peoria, Illinois, files a petition to intervene in a developer’s request to build a carbon capture pipeline because the city’s fire department would likely be called to assist in a potential incident. (WCBU)

• Former House Speaker Larry Householder appeals his 20-year prison sentence two weeks after being convicted for his role in the state’s largest corruption scheme. (Associated Press)
• Two former FirstEnergy executives join a legal effort to force the utility to release an internal investigation into wrongdoing during the HB6 bribery scandal. (Ohio Capital Journal)

MINING: Advancing battery and electric vehicle technology could soften demand projections for key minerals, creating further headwinds for proposed mining projects in northern Minnesota. (Minnesota Reformer)

PIPELINES: Faculty at a northern Michigan college requested a third-party inquiry into the school president’s recent physical confrontation with Line 5 pipeline opponents. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

UTILITIES: Michigan regulators are investigating Consumers Energy over alleged broken smart meters, over-billing and service delays after the company transitioned from 3G to 4G technology early this year. (Bridge Michigan)

TRANSPORTATION: Minnesota next year will start to offer rebates of up to $1,500, based on income, for electric bikes as consumer interest grows. (Spokesman-Recorder)

• Kansas receives a $13.3 million federal grant to modernize the state’s grid infrastructure. (KSNT)
• Indiana consumer advocates call on state regulators to investigate AES’s response after a storm late last month caused widespread outages. (WRTV)

• Ethanol groups say a recent federal rule to curb tailpipe emissions overly relies on electric vehicles and doesn’t consider the benefits of hybrids and vehicles that run on high biofuel blends. (WFYI)
• An Iowa plant expected to break ground next spring will convert excess corn stalks and leaves into ethylene that will be used to produce plastic products. (Globe Gazette)

SOLAR: A developer hopes to pursue a commercial solar project in rural Indiana after local officials dispute whether certain agricultural land is available for development. (WFIE)

COMMENTARY: Electrifying buildings in Chicago would reduce residents’ risk of high energy bills and indoor air pollution, clean energy advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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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.