OHIO: State lawmakers squabble over repealing coal plant subsidies and other provisions from 2019’s HB 6 law following convictions in the public corruption scheme tied to the legislation. (Ohio Capital Journal)

• In Chicago and elsewhere, natural gas price volatility and expensive infrastructure upgrades are hitting low-income customers hardest. (Environmental Health News)
• State and local programs to reduce Michigan ratepayers’ energy burden show promising results, and in one case reduced program participants’ energy costs by 70% by pairing community solar with weatherization. (Michigan Advance)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Detroit-based DTE Energy’s proposed long-term energy plan reached in agreement with clean energy groups is the latest example of an investor-owned utility hastening its renewable energy transition. (Canary Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A county judge is expected to rule this week on whether site preparation can continue on a massive Michigan electric vehicle battery plant as local landowners challenge the project in court. (Bridge)

• Construction is expected to start soon on what would be Missouri’s largest solar project. (KTVO)
• A South Dakota county weighs a potential moratorium on solar development as local zoning regulations are finalized. (Press & Dakotan)

WIND: A northern Michigan wind project is still on track after the original developer sold its leases to a new company that plans to start construction in the coming years. (Alpena News)

GRID: Residents in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula call for cheaper and more reliable electricity during a state-backed listening tour. (Daily Press)

NUCLEAR: Utility officials partially powered down a Kansas nuclear plant last week as high winds knocked out transmission lines serving the plant. (KSHB)

CARBON CAPTURE: Critics say an Iowa company should not get a carbon pipeline permit because the product it wants to transport isn’t liquid, and state law doesn’t explicitly define “liquefied carbon dioxide.” (Iowa Capital Dispatch)

BIOFUELS: Unsafe levels of methane are discovered in groundwater monitoring wells at a former Nebraska ethanol plant where contaminated waste removal efforts continue. (Journal Star) 

POLITICS: Federal prosecutors continue to build a case against former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan as his former chief of staff starts his trial next month on obstruction of justice charges. (Illinois Radio Network)

• That components of Ohio’s HB6 remain despite a corruption scheme to get it passed is not only a disgrace but also a burden on ratepayers and a “blot on Ohio’s environment,” an editorial board writes. (Cleveland.com)
• An economic development organization says reopening a shuttered nuclear plant in southwestern Michigan will positively impact the community. (Herald-Palladium)
• Making Illinois an electric vehicle manufacturing hub will help offset job losses after multiple corporate departures from the state, an editorial board writes. (Chicago Sun-Times) 

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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.