OHIO: The indictment of Ohio’s former top utility regulator sparks renewed calls for a wider investigation into state officials’ dealings with utility companies, along with reforms to guard against future public corruption. (Vxartnews)


  • Text messages between FirstEnergy executives revealed as part of Sam Randazzo’s indictment show in March 2020 they were worried Randazzo’s favors for the company were making people suspicious. (Ohio Capital Journal)
  • The U.S. attorney’s office sues a dark money group founded by a former top aide to Gov. Mike DeWine, seeking $6.4 million and alleging it received funds connected to a wire fraud conspiracy. (Fox19)




  • Iowa environmentalists praise Des Moines’ new climate action plan and urge city officials to fully implement it rather than letting it get “dusty on a shelf.” (Des Moines Register)
  • Green Bay, Wisconsin, adopts a clean energy plan that hopes to help the city become carbon neutral by 2050, with efforts funded by fuel savings and state and federal incentives. (WBAY)

BIOGAS: Michigan has emerged as the largest center of manure biodigesters outside of California, but as farmers and utilities embrace the technology, some are unsure what it means for the state’s water quality. (Circle of Blue)


GRID: Several utilities urge federal regulators to reject a proposed cap on interconnection applications per cycle by grid operator MISO. (Utility Dive)


COMMENTARY: Clean energy advocates write that widespread adoption of electric vehicles in Illinois will benefit drivers and utility customers. (NRDC)

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Dan has two decades' experience working in print, digital and broadcast media. Prior to joining the Vxartnews as managing editor in December 2017, he oversaw watchdog reporting at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, part of the USA Today Network, and before that spent several years as a freelance journalist covering energy, business and technology. Dan is a former Midwest Energy News journalism fellow and a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.