COAL: At a federal hearing in Chicago, residents and advocates plead with U.S. EPA officials to further expand the agency’s proposed coal ash storage rules and step up enforcement of existing regulations. (Vxartnews)

• Minnesota leads the Midwest with supportive policies to expand electric vehicle ownership, according to a new scorecard grading incentives, charging infrastructure and grid optimization. (Minnesota Reformer)
• Kansas ranks 31st in the scorecard and “can do more to accelerate the transition to EVs,” the report author says. (Kansas Reflector)
• Local leaders raise questions about the future of a GM assembly plant near St. Louis as the company transitions to electric vehicles. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

• A South Dakota tribal energy job-training nonprofit is awarded $1.5 million in federal funding to grow the number of Indigenous women working in solar. (South Dakota Searchlight)
• Residents in an eastern Michigan township seek to overturn an ordinance that they view as too friendly to commercial solar development. (WJRT)

• The head of Detroit-based DTE Energy faces more scrutiny from state lawmakers questioning his $10 million salary and the utility’s ongoing grid reliability problems. (Bridge)
• ComEd is asking Illinois regulators to allow ratepayers to shoulder at least some of the higher insurance costs associated with the recent bribery scandal involving a former top lawmaker and utility executives. (Crain’s Chicago Business, subscription)

NUCLEAR: Michigan lawmakers pass a new state budget that includes $150 million to help restart a shuttered nuclear plant along Lake Michigan. (WSJM)

CARBON CAPTURE: A carbon pipeline developer says South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was incorrect in stating that the company’s project received financing from Chinese companies. (KELO)

• The president of the South Dakota Farmers Union says Gov. Kristi Noem remained silent as state lawmakers discussed a bill to limit the use of eminent domain for carbon capture pipelines. (South Dakota Searchlight)
• A Minnesota chamber of commerce president says carbon pipelines will help the state meet emission-reduction goals and benefit corn growers. (Marshall Independent)
• A board member of a centrist Democratic organization says Minnesota and other states should refrain from banning gas-powered vehicles to maintain political support among voters. (MinnPost)

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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.