HYDROGEN: A U.S. Geological Survey researcher says more research is needed to determine if Minnesota and Wisconsin have vast reservoirs of hydrogen that could be tapped as a potential fuel alternative to petroleum. (Great Lakes Echo)

ALSO: President Biden today will visit a suburban Minneapolis manufacturing plant that will begin making electrolyzers for clean hydrogen production in response to the Inflation Reduction Act. (Pioneer Press)

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UTILITIES: Consumer groups raise concerns about Illinois electric and gas utilities’ practice of sorting customers into risk categories that could mean faster disconnections for people struggling to pay their bills. (Chicago Sun-Times)

OHIO: Bank records show that while FirstEnergy was the primary funder of a dark money political group linked to former House Speaker Larry Householder, other fossil fuel interests contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the group. (Energy and Policy Institute)

OIL & GAS: An Ohio bill would ban fracking for an estimated 4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas beneath Lake Erie, but drilling in the Great Lakes is already blocked under federal law and the oil and gas industry said there is no known interest in doing so. (ABC 5)

• Peoria, Illinois, community leaders and environmental activists raise concerns about a developer’s plan for a carbon capture pipeline that would pass the south side of the city. (WMBD)
• A South Dakota county asks two carbon pipeline companies to provide equipment and training to help fire departments respond to potential pipeline failures. (South Dakota Searchlight)

NUCLEAR: The Illinois Senate approves a measure that would lift the state’s 1980s-era ban on new nuclear plant construction. (News-Gazette)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Gas stations will continue to exist but have a different business model as the number of fast-charging electric vehicle stations spikes over the coming decades, analysts say. (Inside Climate News)

CLIMATE: A recent report shows Iowa City, Iowa, making progress on its emission-reduction targets and increasing electric vehicle use. (Daily Iowan)  

SOLAR: Developers say an operating 150 MW solar project in eastern Wisconsin is already delivering benefits to thousands of customers. (NBC 26)

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WIND: Iowa county officials consider a two-year moratorium on wind energy development as they review potential siting restrictions supported by local opponents. (KMALand)

BIOFUELS: Hundreds of people were evacuated from a Minnesota town after a train hauling ethanol derailed and caught fire yesterday. (Associated Press)

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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.