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OHIO: Gov. Mike DeWine’s former campaign treasurer warned senior aides about Sam Randazzo’s “opaque and undisclosed” financial ties to FirstEnergy prior to DeWine appointing him to the Public Utilities Commission. (Ohio Capital Journal)

PIPELINES:
• Iowa’s agriculture secretary says he would “much rather” see carbon pipeline developers obtain voluntary easements from landowners rather than use eminent domain to build projects. (Radio Iowa)
• Cleanup continues from a pipeline that spilled 165,000 gallons of crude oil in southwestern Illinois more than three weeks ago. (Pantagraph)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Xcel Energy struggles to enroll electric vehicle drivers in programs that aim to ensure charging is done during off-peak hours to reduce stress on the electric grid. (E&E News)

WIND:
• Developers present plans to repower a 17-turbine Iowa wind project with larger and more efficient components. (Telegraph Herald)
• County officials in northern Ohio prepare for public hearings on a plan that would effectively ban utility-scale wind as a developer pursues a 300 MW project. (Telegraph Forum)

CLIMATE: Chicago is set to release an updated climate action plan that sets a community-wide 100% clean energy target by 2035 while eliminating financial barriers to clean energy programs. (WBEZ)

CLEAN ENERGY: Duluth, Minnesota and Highland Park, Michigan are among 22 U.S. cities selected to participate in a federal community-based clean energy program. (KBJR, Michigan Radio)

BIOFUELS: Nebraska researchers are surveying residents about potential adverse health impacts from living near a former ethanol plant that was shut down in February 2021. (Lincoln Journal Star)

SOLAR:
• A Wisconsin nonprofit helps residents lower the cost of solar installations in combination with federal tax credits and utility rebates. (WAOW)
• An Ohio manufacturer plans a $9 million expansion to produce steel back rails that will be used in solar modules for First Solar, which also plans a large-scale expansion in Ohio. (Crescent-News)

COMMENTARY:
• Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says biofuels are the “immediate and long-term solution to America’s latest energy crisis.” (Des Moines Register)
• A former Illinois congress member says state policymakers should slow the retirement of fossil fuel power plants and consider gasoline tax relief to help consumers save money on energy costs. (Chicago Tribune)
• A proposed bill to delay the use of eminent domain for carbon capture pipelines in Iowa is welcome, but state lawmakers continue to lack the political courage to stand up to ethanol interests, a columnist writes. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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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.