ELECTRIFICATION: A Minnesota manufacturer that for decades made diesel-powered refrigeration and heating units partners with the University of Minnesota on a new electrification graduate certificate. (Energy News Network)

EFFICIENCY: Ohio utilities rank among the worst in the nation for energy efficiency since 2019’s corruption-linked House Bill 6 eliminated most of the state’s efficiency programs. (Ohio Capital Journal)

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POLITICS: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent call for a 100% carbon-free electricity standard will likely need support from all Democrats in the legislature to implement. (E&E News subscription)

• An attorney representing Iowa landowners says a carbon pipeline developer is using political influence with Gov. Kim Reynolds to advance the project. (Des Moines Register)
• A developer this week will call 15 witnesses to testify before state regulators in support of its proposed carbon pipeline through Iowa. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)
• A protester arrested during a 2021 Line 3 pipeline demonstration in Minnesota is found guilty of felony obstruction and awaits sentencing. (The Guardian)

CLEAN ENERGY: Agriculture experts say lack of awareness about the program is causing Michigan to miss out on federal funding to help rural small businesses and farms install clean energy projects. (Michigan Radio)

• Climate-linked heat waves will heighten the potential for heat-related injuries and deaths in Wisconsin, experts say. (Wisconsin Examiner)
• Omaha, Nebraska, officials aim to release a citywide climate action plan in November 2024 with strategies to reduce local emissions. (The Reader)

HYDROELECTRIC: The U.S. hydropower industry is lobbying lawmakers for policy support to help restore the sector’s share of power generation, though critics question its viability as a climate solution. (Inside Climate News)

GEOTHERMAL: Rochester, Minnesota, is on track to have the state’s second city hall that is electrically heated and cooled with geothermal power. (MPR) 

UTILITIES: Wisconsin consumer advocates say We Energies’ latest rate increase request would be unfairly shouldered by residential customers while industrial customers see smaller rate increases. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

EMISSIONS: The trade group representing Minnesota auto dealers asks the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the state’s plan to adopt California’s strict vehicle emissions standards. (E&E News, subscription)

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WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A landfill outside Davenport, Iowa, will install technology to capture methane emissions from waste to produce renewable natural gas for the grid. (KWQC)

• U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance of Ohio received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from oil and gas producers last year while promoting fossil fuel development in the state, a columnist writes. (Ohio Capital Journal)
• A nuclear power critic says Illinois lawmakers backing plans to lift the state’s moratorium on nuclear plant construction should learn the fundamentals of nuclear power before advocating for it. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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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.