Correction: Evergy is seeking to build a 13-acre solar farm near Topeka, Kansas. An item in Friday’s newsletter incorrectly stated the size of the project.

PIPELINES: The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska says an environmental impact study should be completed before permits are issued for a pair of proposed carbon capture pipelines. (Lincoln Journal Star)

• The trial for the ComEd bribery case involving four members of former House Speaker Michael Madigan’s inner circle is delayed potentially until next year. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• FirstEnergy’s board forms a special committee to review job performance of top executives as required under a settlement involving several shareholder lawsuits. (RTO Insider, subscription)

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BATTERIES: Researchers explore North Dakota’s coal seams for rare earth elements that are critical to produce components for hybrid vehicle batteries and other devices. (Bismarck Tribune)

HYDROGEN: Local officials are optimistic that a developer will move forward with plans for a hydrogen production plant at a former uranium enrichment facility in southern Ohio. (WOSU)

• Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is the latest to seek answers from AEP on its targeted grid outages last week, which involved some areas where the utility already started work on infrastructure upgrades. (Columbus Dispatch, WCMH)
• AES joins an effort to examine the needs of the electrical grid in Indianapolis to help avoid outages during peak demand periods. (WISH)
• Heat advisories this week stretching from Kansas to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula place an early strain this summer on the electric grid. (Bloomberg)
• Alliant Energy obtains easements in southeastern Iowa to begin placing power lines underground at a former industrial site. (Hawk Eye)

OIL & GAS: Researchers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are developing sensors meant to detect oil spills sooner to prevent more widespread contamination. (WOOD-TV8)

BIOFUELS: U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa believes there’s enough support in the Senate to pass a bill that would remove limits on the year-round sale of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol. (E&E News, subscription)

HYDROELECTRIC: Consumers Energy officials say a hydroelectric pumped storage facility in western Michigan will support the grid this summer during periods of high demand. (9 and 10 News)

COMMENTARY: Wisconsin Democrats’ planned clean energy legislation would need to win over some Republicans who criticized previous efforts as pandering to their “very liberal base,” a columnist writes. (

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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.