OIL & GAS: Ohio’s attorney general is investigating allegations of falsified public comments submitted to state regulators that were in favor of gas drilling in state parks. (Allegheny Front)

ALSO: The last of four men charged in a scheme to steal millions of dollars worth of crude oil in western North Dakota has been sentenced to nearly a year in jail and a $200,000 fine. (Associated Press)

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NUCLEAR: Minnesota emerges as a test case in the role of nuclear energy in decarbonization strategies, as the state sets out on a 2040 carbon-free power goal with a moratorium on new nuclear construction. (Project Optimist)

PIPELINES: The developer of the Navigator carbon capture pipeline has paused land easement work in South Dakota and parts of Iowa a week after state regulators rejected the company’s permit request. (KELO)

GRID: About 49 GW of planned capacity, mostly from renewables and storage, clears grid operator MISO’s interconnection queue, but the projects on average face two-year delays before operations start. (Utility Dive)

CLEAN ENERGY: Michigan Democrats plan to extend a deadline to meet a 100% carbon-free electricity target in proposed legislation by five years, to 2040. (Bridge Michigan)

• Nonprofit groups pushing for a Ford electric vehicle battery plant in Michigan are funded by dark money contributions and linked to Michigan Democrats and associates of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. (Detroit Free Press)
• A judge dismisses landowners’ challenge to the Ford plant, which would be located in south-central Michigan, allowing the project to proceed. (WOOD-TV)

• The Michigan Senate advances legislation that would allow farmers to lease their land for solar projects while still participating in a state preservation program that includes tax incentives. (Michigan Advance)
• A Kansas county passes a six-month moratorium on commercial solar development after public pushback to a proposed 103 MW project. (KMUW)
• A southern Indiana city advances new commercial solar zoning regulations that require waivers to build projects in certain areas and include at least 1.5-mile setbacks from the city limits. (The Republic)
• A Minneapolis nonprofit serving American Indian youths whose headquarters was destroyed three years ago during civil unrest rebuilds with a rooftop solar installation. (Finance & Commerce)

POWER PLANTS: Backers of a $1.2 billion, 950 MW natural gas plant in Lordstown, Ohio, tout the economic benefits of the project. (Youngstown Vindicator)

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UTILITIES: Minnesota regulators unanimously reject Xcel Energy’s request to reconsider a prior decision to limit the utility’s requested $440 million rate increase. (Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Two Minnesota Democratic lawmakers propose state-level funding and call for efforts to secure more federal funding for electric school buses to reduce students’ exposure to diesel pollution. (MinnPost)

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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.