OIL & GAS:
• A new map reveals waste from fracking wells that used PFAS “forever chemicals” has been dumped at dozens of sites in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia and could potentially contaminate soil and groundwater. (Daily Climate)
• The Ohio Senate could vote today to redefine “green energy” to include natural gas and open gas drilling in state parks. (Cleveland.com)

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UTILITIES:
• Xcel Energy withdraws a highly contested $122 million rate increase request as Minnesota regulators approve accounting changes that will benefit both the utility and ratepayers. (Star Tribune)
• FirstEnergy and Energy Harbor will have to pay a combined $49 million under a settlement with a class of ratepayers that alleged the utilities bribed state lawmakers to pass nuclear plant subsidies. (Bloomberg Law, subscription)
• Unexpected market disruptions are causing electric and gas utility fuel charges to spike for customers in Indiana. (WFYI)

SOLAR:
• Alliant Energy enters into a development agreement with county officials for a 150 MW solar project in southeastern Iowa. (The Hawk Eye)
• A partnership will lead to the installation of solar panels on 49 Habitat for Humanity homes across Wisconsin. (Solar Power World)

WIND: Wildlife experts recently testified that a proposed Illinois wind farm would have little to no impact on nearby wildlife. (Journal-Republican)

RENEWABLES: MidAmerican Energy reaches a deal with two Iowa consumer advocacy groups that will allow plans to move forward to build 2,042 MW of wind and 50 MW of solar capacity. (Daily Energy Insider)

FOSSIL FUELS: The coal, oil and gas industries played an outsized role in backing major railroad companies to block a worker strike amid a recent labor dispute. (Grist)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: With a $17.6 billion surplus heading into the next budget year, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has identified electric vehicle charging infrastructure as one of his spending priorities. (Associated Press)

COAL: City officials in western Michigan prepare a timeline for remediating a former coal plant site and preparing it for redevelopment. (WOOD-TV)

PIPELINES:
• Iowa residents call on county officials to adopt an ordinance regulating hazardous liquids pipelines as developers pursue carbon pipelines there. (KMALand)
• A carbon pipeline developer says it has secured landowner easements for half of its route in Nebraska. (Lincoln Journal Star)
• Representatives for a carbon pipeline developer discuss proposed route changes through eastern Iowa. (KWQC)

CLIMATE: University of Michigan researchers criticize the school’s most recent climate action plan for being too slow and failing to focus on adaptation rather than mitigation. (Michigan Daily)

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Andy Balaskovitz

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.