CARBON CAPTURE: A developer’s plan for a major carbon sequestration site in rural Indiana has generated fierce landowner pushback and public health concerns. (Vxartnews)

RENEWABLES: A Michigan lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would give state regulators authority to approve wind and solar projects instead of townships. (Bridge)


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ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling striking down race-conscious college admission policies could jeopardize environmental justice efforts that aim to curb pollution in historically marginalized communities. (States Newsroom)

UTILITIES: A provision in a Michigan regulatory case will require DTE Energy to disclose certain contributions to a dark money nonprofit advocacy group, though advocates say more could be done to improve transparency. (Planet Detroit/Vxartnews)

SOLAR: A developer is partnering with an investment firm to build 250 MW of community solar capacity in Illinois and Maryland. (PV Tech)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to call for a 100% clean energy standard during a major policy speech this week. (Michigan Radio)
• A new ComEd workforce training center north of Chicago aims to support more diverse line workers and help meet labor needs created by the state’s clean energy transition. (Daily Herald)

HYDROGEN: A Cummins plant near Minneapolis is manufacturing electrolyzers that can produce green hydrogen if powered by renewable energy. (MPR)

CLIMATE:
• Student groups at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland call for administrators to divest the school’s investments in fossil fuels. (Inside Climate News)
• A small western Minnesota town has set bold climate goals that include producing 80% of the electricity it consumes with renewable energy and cutting energy use by 30% by 2030. (MPR)

GRID: Electricity demand in Ames, Iowa, reached a new high last week during a heat wave, prompting the local utility to ask customers to curtail power use. (Ames Tribune)

WIND: Attorneys for a wind energy developer say a northwestern Iowa county lacks the authority to pass a moratorium against wind development as it crafts regulations that would limit a proposed project. (Radio Iowa)


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STORAGE: An Indiana county planning commission adopts a one-year moratorium on battery storage projects as it develops local zoning regulations. (WTCA)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: U.S. Sen. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska says the state’s rural areas are ill-equipped for electric vehicles based on a lack of charging stations. (WMTV)

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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.