PIPELINES: South Dakota regulators reject Navigator CO2’s carbon pipeline permit, saying the developer failed to adequately disclose safety risks or provide timely notifications to landowners. (South Dakota Searchlight)

ALSO: Critics say North Dakota should deny Summit Carbon Solutions’s request for a “do over” after state regulators rejected its permit application, citing insufficient evidence about the project’s safety. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)

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• A Michigan tech company aims to commercialize energy storage batteries that rely on organic compounds rather than metals. (Crain’s Grand Rapids Business)
• A company breaks ground on a $1.5 billion battery manufacturing plant in Indiana that’s expected to create nearly 650 jobs. (Associated Press)

MINING: Contested plans to mine for nickel and copper in northern Minnesota underscore a broader debate about how the U.S. will source critical materials for the clean energy transition. (E&E News, subscription)

• An Ohio Democratic lawmaker introduces a bill to bar utilities from charging customers for political influence activities and improve transparency to prevent future corruption scandals. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• A prosecutor and whistleblower in Ohio’s HB 6 case say they have been interviewed by HBO for an upcoming documentary. (Cleveland.com)

• The Ohio Supreme Court dismisses a request to overturn a state board’s denial of a permit for a proposed 175 MW solar project. (Cleveland.com)
• A developer floats plans for a 5 MW solar project in northwestern Illinois. (SaukValley.com)
• Iowa’s consumer advocate says public hearings are not needed before state regulators consider a developer’s plan for a 200 MW solar project. (Southeast Iowa Union)

• The executive director of the Sierra Club says passing Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 100% carbon-free electricity standard would bring hundreds of millions of dollars in federal investments to the state. (Michigan Advance)
• Decommissioning regulations will become increasingly important to avoid blight as more renewable projects come online, experts say. (Bloomberg Law)

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• A metro Detroit lawmaker seeks input from citizens on their recent experiences with power outages and calls for DTE Energy to reinvest profits into grid reliability. (FOX 2)
• AEP Ohio reaches an agreement with about 20 groups to gradually raise rates over the next four years to fund grid infrastructure improvements. (Columbus Dispatch)
• U.S. utilities are increasingly working with automakers, car dealerships and ride-hailing services to prepare for the electric load growth anticipated from electric vehicles. (Utility Dive)

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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.