OHIO: Attorneys representing FirstEnergy investors say the former Public Utilities Commission chairman who accepted $4.3 million from the utility is not fully disclosing how he spent the money. (Ohio Capital Journal)

OIL & GAS: On the first day of a new regulatory program, Ohio received eight applications to drill for oil and gas under state lands. (Cleveland.com)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Michigan’s two largest utilities report that the vast majority of its electric vehicle-driving customers are charging their vehicles during off-peak times. (Michigan Radio)

• Iowa residents tell federal pipeline regulators they want more oversight and restrictions on carbon capture pipelines. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• At the same meeting, a federal engineer says carbon pipelines will be necessary to reduce U.S. carbon emissions over the coming decades. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)
• A judge denies a carbon pipeline developer’s attempt to hold a South Dakota farmer in contempt for allegedly threatening to shoot land surveyors. (South Dakota Searchlight)
• A carbon pipeline developer avoided a route south of Bismarck, North Dakota, to avoid similar confrontations that surfaced around the Dakota Access pipeline. (Bismarck Tribune)

NUCLEAR: One of two reactors at a Minnesota nuclear plant remains shut down after the plant owner, Xcel Energy, reported a minor disruption over the weekend. (Star Tribune)

• The CEO of Bank of America says at an event in Michigan that capitalism is “really the only hope” to achieve global sustainability and emission-reduction goals. (Detroit News)
• Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz touts more than 40 climate change initiatives included in recent legislation that he says will also grow the state’s economy. (WCCO)
• Two Madison, Wisconsin-area companies receive millions of dollars in federal climate funding to advance nuclear fusion technologies. (Wisconsin State Journal)

• A U.S. House-passed bill to resolve the debt ceiling dispute does not include permitting reforms to speed construction of large transmission projects. (Associated Press)
• Grid operator PJM asks federal regulators to dismiss eight complaints from power plant owners seeking to eliminate or reduce penalties against them for failing to operate during a winter storm in late 2022. (Utility Dive)

• Nebraska county officials decline to adopt stricter setback requirements for large solar projects out of fear they could shut out development. (News Channel Nebraska)
• Iowa county officials delay discussions on a developer’s proposal to incrementally add acreage to a large-scale solar and storage project. (CNHI News)

EFFICIENCY: ComEd seeks approval from Illinois regulators to increase energy efficiency investments by $119 million. (Daily Energy Insider)

ELECTRIFICATION: The need for domestically sourced raw materials for batteries has led some environmental groups to join with fossil fuel and mining interests in calling for federal mining permitting reforms. (States Newsroom)

COMMENTARY: The head of an Ohio fuel distributing company says utilities should not be given unfair advantages when competing in the electric vehicle charging market. (Columbus 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.