POLITICS: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Democratic challenger Nan Whaley debate renewable energy and the ongoing HB 6 corruption scandal during an editorial board’s candidate forum. (Cleveland.com)

• Some of the 13 recommendations by an Indiana energy task force could lead to proposed legislation early next year. (Lebanon Reporter)
• Environmental groups say Democrats should be doing more ahead of the Nov. 8 Midterm elections to advertise the passage of a federal climate bill. (Grist)

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• Wisconsin utility We Energies seeks to expand a pilot program that leases rooftops and vacant land from schools, businesses and nonprofits for solar projects. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, subscription)
• Iowa regulators approve permits for a pair of adjacent solar projects that would produce up to 250 MW of power combined. (Clinton Herald)

CLEAN ENERGY: A northwestern Wisconsin city completes the first phase of an energy action plan to begin reducing emissions under a 100% carbon-free electricity goal for 2050. (La Crosse Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Chicago Public Schools will purchase 10 electric vehicles for drivers education classes. (CBS Chicago)

NUCLEAR: Experts on a Purdue University panel say supportive policies and an adequate workforce are both key to ensuring a future U.S. nuclear power sector. (Journal & Courier)

COAL: A Wisconsin county receives a $10 million federal grant toward the redevelopment of a former Green Bay coal plant into a state-of-the-art port facility. (WBAY)

• A new mapping tool helps cities determine whether climate change had a detectable influence on temperature fluctuations on any given day. (Inside Climate News)
• Dozens of Ohio State University students lead a protest calling on administrators to divest from fossil fuel companies. (WCMH)

• A northeastern Ohio city considers replacing all city street lights with LEDs to potentially save hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in electricity costs. (Tribune Chronicle)
• Lincoln, Nebraska is in the process of replacing hundreds of defective LED streetlights that were installed as part of the city’s effort to reduce electricity costs. (Lincoln Journal Star)

PIPELINES: A federal district court judge denies a motion from the federal government seeking to limit the scope of a lawsuit filed by North Dakota related to security costs of Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Center Square)

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OIL & GAS: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signs an executive order waiving federal restrictions on the delivery of certain fuels while declaring a state of emergency for gas supply shortages. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

COMMENTARY: Public acceptance and knowing how to safely deploy it are two major barriers to the widespread deployment of “green” hydrogen, writes the head of the Wisconsin Technology Council. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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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.