WIND: NextEra Energy is planning a project that would include up to 285 wind turbines to power a clean hydrogen facility in North Dakota. (Jamestown Sun) 

ALSO: A Canadian wind tower manufacturer breaks ground on an expansion of its U.S. manufacturing facility outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (SiouxFalls.Business)

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• A recent report suggests Michigan could market its mild summers and access to freshwater as a climate haven to help offset recent population loss. (Bridge)
• Wildfires continue to cause hazardous air quality across Michigan as the state contends with “unprecedented” fire risk and no rain in sight. (Detroit Free Press)
• Canadian wildfires have caused Minnesota to issue more air quality alerts than any other year on record at this point in the season. (MPR News)

• Wall Street is increasingly scrutinizing Michigan automakers’ electric vehicle plans, questioning when they will start generating profits for investors. (Bridge)
• Clean energy advocates say Indiana’s registration fee on electric vehicles is unfair, especially to owners who just drive locally. (Indiana Public Radio)
• Iowa’s attorney general joins a lawsuit challenging the U.S. EPA’s approval of California’s rules to phase out diesel-powered trucks. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)

• Iowa City’s city council unanimously approves a fare-free public transit pilot program to help reach the city’s climate and equity goals. (Daily Iowan)
• Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz helped Delta Air Lines successfully lobby for $11.6 million in state incentives to develop aviation biofuels in the state. (MinnPost)

• South Dakota’s most populated county approves setbacks for carbon capture pipelines that are less than half of what opponents had sought. (SD Searchlight) 
• Iowa regulators discuss next steps for a contested carbon capture pipeline proposal, including possible mediation with landowners in its path. (KGAN) 

UTILITIES: South Dakota regulators reject most of Xcel Energy’s proposed rate increase and challenge the utility on whether the state’s customers will have to pay for the company’s compliance with Minnesota’s clean energy laws. (KELO-TV)

GRID: Missouri regulators open a formal evidentiary hearing for a proposed 40-mile transmission line that would distribute wind power to local customers. (KRCG) 

WORKFORCE: A Nebraska community college struggles to find students for its renewable energy program, putting its future in jeopardy. (KFXL)

COMMENTARY: The deputy director of the Citizens Utility Board of Illinois writes that fossil fuels are not only dirty but also an unreliable source of electricity during extreme weather and other emergencies. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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Dan has two decades' experience working in print, digital and broadcast media. Prior to joining the Energy News Network as managing editor in December 2017, he oversaw watchdog reporting at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, part of the USA Today Network, and before that spent several years as a freelance journalist covering energy, business and technology. Dan is a former Midwest Energy News journalism fellow and a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.