OIL & GAS: As Ohio prepares to start permitting hydraulic fracturing projects on state land, critics question whether the state can both preserve and profit off public lands. (Columbus Dispatch)

CLIMATE: Public input is helping to shape Ohio’s first regional climate plan that planners hope will create buy-in for emission-reduction strategies in the Cleveland area. (Inside Climate News)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A $5 million federal grant will help fund the creation of an Indianapolis charter school that focuses on clean energy job training. (Indianapolis Star)

• An Iowa judge rules against landowners’ attempt to challenge a nearly 2,000-acre Iowa solar project, noting that the city’s plan promotes renewable energy for the well-being of residents. (PV Magazine)
• A Chicago-area Catholic high school installs a rooftop solar project to be both “socially responsible” and to cut energy costs. (Beverly Review)

• Businesses file a complaint with Illinois regulators claiming ComEd improperly raised customer bills this summer through a provision in the state’s 2021 climate law allowing utilities to recoup carbon mitigation efforts. (Capitol News Illinois)
• Enbridge agrees to buy three Dominion Energy utilities, including one in Ohio, in a $14 billion deal that will create North America’s largest natural gas provider. (Reuters)

• Nebraska is awarded $10.8 million in federal funding to modernize its electric grid and prepare for climate change. (Nebraska Examiner)
• A utility buries power lines in Rapid City, South Dakota, to harden its distribution grid and open an opportunity for artistic murals. (South Dakota Public Broadcasting)

• South Dakota regulators are set today to decide multiple aspects of a carbon pipeline proposal, including whether regulators can override local ordinances. (KELO)
• A carbon pipeline developer testifies in Iowa that the company has identified “a handful” of communities along its route could be at risk in the event of a major leak, and also that its project could be used for enhanced oil recovery in North Dakota. (Iowa Capital Dispatch; AgWeek)
• A bipartisan panel of South Dakota lawmakers calls for a moratorium on carbon pipeline easement negotiations until more protections are passed into law. (AgWeek)

CARBON CAPTURE: An Illinois county advances new carbon storage regulations that create setback distances and limit lighting. (WGLT)

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• A nuclear power advocate says reopening a Michigan nuclear plant is crucial to hit the state’s decarbonization targets and avoid high costs and grid instability. (Bridge)
• Minnesota clean energy advocates call on state regulators to reject a utility’s request to add diesel oil for generation at a natural gas plant. (MinnPost)
• A University of Notre Dame professor says the U.S. Energy Department is severely miscalculating the emission-reduction benefits of a carbon capture and storage project at a North Dakota coal plant. (Utility Dive)

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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.