WIND: A large renewable energy developer organized a ballot initiative that will test an Ohio county’s ban this year on wind energy development made possible by a 2021 state law. (Allegheny Front)

OHIO: Several lesser-known FirstEnergy executives are defendants in two civil lawsuits filed by company shareholders over the House Bill 6 scandal. (Cleveland.com)

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SOLAR:
• Large-scale solar development emerges as a key consideration in a southwestern Ohio county’s future planning document. (Dayton Daily News)
• Financing challenges complicate an $8.9 million plan to install solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations on a southern Minnesota campus. (Mankato Free Press)
• A developer is moving forward with a 1,000-acre Ohio solar project despite local officials rejecting an agreement that would have allowed for direct revenue payments instead of property taxes. (Springfield News-Sun)
• Central Wisconsin officials consider voting on a resolution involving commercial solar projects as some residents speak out against plans for a 300 MW project that would include 165 MW of storage. (Portage Daily Register)
• National solar installer Sunrun opens its third location in Illinois and anticipates 100 new installations a month in the region. (WMBD)

HYDROGEN: States across the U.S. are partnering to create hydrogen “hubs” to secure billions of dollars in federal funding to build out an industry for climate or economic development purposes. (States Newsroom)

FOSSIL FUELS:
• Environmental advocates fear that investors’ push for oil and gas companies and utilities to reduce carbon emissions has led to the sale, and potentially prolonged use, of their fossil fuel assets. (Inside Climate News)
• Multiple large Midwest utilities plan major natural gas investments in the next decade despite long-term pledges to slash greenhouse gas emissions. (Canary Media)
• “People are going to suffer” this winter as natural gas prices rise and will likely put upward pressure on electricity prices, says a Democratic member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. (E&E News)

PIPELINES: An Illinois county board passes a two-year moratorium on carbon pipelines as a developer seeks to build a multi-state project that would run through the area. (Tri States Public Radio)

GRID: Large renewable energy developers take issue with parts of federal regulators’ plan to reform the grid interconnection process. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE:
• Some elected officials in Ann Arbor, Michigan, take steps to reduce their own emissions through electrification, driving less and installing solar panels as they ask residents to do the same. (MLive)
• Indiana’s attorney general joins a coalition of states investigating whether major banks are colluding with the United Nations over climate-focused investment portfolios. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)

BIOGAS:
• A joint partnership seeks to capitalize on the growing renewable diesel market with a new production plant under development in Nebraska. (Kilgore News Herald)
• Construction is completed on a $60 million Chicago-area plant that will convert methane from a landfill into renewable natural gas primarily for fuel for trucks and buses. (Herald-News)
• An Ohio dairy farm will install an onsite digester that can produce 500,000 gallons of renewable natural gas per year. (Spectrum News)

COMMENTARY: A new agreement between Minnesota’s largest generation and transmission cooperative and the state’s largest distribution cooperative avoided unnecessary conflict and will aid in the utilities’ clean energy transition, researchers say. (Utility Dive)

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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.