• Ohio’s House Speaker signals that coal plant subsidies included the scandal-tainted HB 6 will not be repealed. (
• Researchers are studying the potential to one day extract rare earth elements from North Dakota’s vast lignite coal reserves. (Governing)

RENEWABLES: U.S. renewable energy generation surpassed coal for the first time in 2022, though experts say faster progress is needed to hit global climate targets. (Grist)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Michigan awards $120 million to prepare a rural site for Ford’s planned $3.5 billion electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant. (Bridge Michigan)

NUCLEAR: A Minnesota nuclear plant will reopen in the next week following the repair of a faulty pipe that leaked contaminated water. (Associated Press)

• An Iowa bill restricting the use of eminent domain for carbon capture pipelines will not advance in the state Senate ahead of a key legislative deadline this week. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• North Dakota lawmakers kill multiple bills aimed at boosting landowner protections and further studying the use of eminent domain for carbon pipelines. (Bismarck Tribune)
• North Dakota farmers raise concerns about the potential of heavy farming equipment inadvertently striking carbon pipelines. (Dickinson Press)
• An Iowa county files formal opposition with state regulators opposing the use of eminent domain for carbon pipelines. (KCAU)

CLEAN ENERGY: Minnesota Democrats seek to create a new state-backed entity that would help provide financing options for clean energy projects. (KTTC)

OIL & GAS: A federal judge orders the U.S. government to allow oil and gas lease sales on federal land in North Dakota as the state’s legal battle against the Biden administration continues. (Bismarck Tribune)

AIR POLLUTION: The Indiana House passes a bill that would prevent the federal takeover of the state’s air pollution control program by raising fees so the program is self-sustaining. (Indiana Public Radio)

UTILITIES: Consumer and environmental advocates rally in Chicago to call on state regulators to reject gas rate increases from Peoples Gas and other utilities. (Capitol News Illinois)

SOLAR: Rural Kansas residents seek more information from the developer of a proposed 103.5 MW solar project. (KSNW)

GRID: Grid operator PJM plans to delay upcoming capacity auctions so it can include pending reforms to ensure power supply is available when needed. (Utility Dive)

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WIND: A team of Iowa State University students will compete in a national competition to build prototype offshore wind turbines. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

BIOGAS: A developer provides details about a proposed renewable natural gas pipeline in central Iowa that would gather biogas produced from animal waste at several farms. (Globe Gazette) 

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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.