STORAGE: The backers of a proposed hydroelectric pumped storage project in South Dakota abandon their plans, citing financial risks and uncertainty about the long-duration storage market. (Mitchell Republic)

EFFICIENCY: Minnesota lawmakers pass a bill to accelerate the adoption of commercial building codes and achieve at least an 80% reduction in annual net energy use for new large buildings by 2036. (Energy News Network)

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• Indiana electric vehicle experts say the state is working to narrow gaps in charger availability by placing them in strategic places. (WFYI)
• General Motors is among dozens of companies that will share $87 million in federal funding to speed up the transition to electric vehicles. (Utility Dive)

CLEAN ENERGY: Michigan Democrats join environmental groups to promote a package of clean energy bills that aim to boost energy efficiency and carbon free electricity. (Michigan Advance)

WIND: An Iowa county approves significantly expanded wind turbine setback distances that includes a 2-mile separation from residences. (KCAU)

• North Dakota lawmakers ask the state attorney general to launch an investigation into the ownership and investors of a carbon capture pipeline to determine whether they include foreign adversaries. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Officials in South Dakota’s most populous county deadlock on a vote to establish carbon pipeline setbacks from homes, schools and cities. (South Dakota Searchlight)

UTILITIES: Illinois consumer advocates urge state regulators to cut ComEd’s record-setting $1.5 billion rate increase request by more than half, criticizing the request as a “blank check” for the company. (Chicago Sun-Times)

SOLAR: A developer says it has secured an interconnection agreement for an up to 900-acre solar project in southwestern Indiana. (Dubois County Free Press)

OIL & GAS: North Dakota officials are working to clean the site where 420 gallons of crude oil and 6,300 gallons of produced water spilled on Sunday. (Daily News) 

BIOGAS: A Cincinnati wastewater treatment plant will introduce an anaerobic digester to convert sewage into electricity. (WVXU)

HYDROGEN: A Nebraska bill would allocate $500,000 over the next two-year budget to begin assessing the potential for a hydrogen hub in the state. (News Channel Nebraska)

BIOFUELS: A company is suing an Iowa biofuels group for allegedly disclosing confidential information about biodiesel fuels technology that’s now being used by another company. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)

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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.