INDUSTRY: A Minnesota startup company wants to help customers convert diesel engines to burn ammonia, a potential climate solution whose benefits hinge on how the chemical is produced. (Vxartnews)

C02 CAPTURE:

PIPELINES:

  • As utility and local officials celebrate a DTE Energy gas pipeline extension, climate advocates say Michigan should focus on electric heating instead of expanding fossil fuel infrastructure. (IPR/Grist) 
  • Ohio Republicans introduce legislation to create a $20 million state loan fund to incentivize gas utilities to expand gas pipelines. (WCMH)
  • Central Michigan University unveils a new research submarine that will be used to inspect Enbridge’s Line 5 in the Great Lakes. (9&10 News)

EFFICIENCY:

  • A south Minneapolis African American community center prepares to replace its aging gas boilers with a geothermal heating system, lowering energy costs and emissions and building on several other recent or planned energy improvements to the building. (Sahan Journal) 
  • A project at the University of Dayton will capture waste heat from several gas turbines to generate electricity on campus. (Dayton Daily News)

EMISSIONS: Detroit’s port authority announces plans to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040 through the use of solar, electrification, biodiesel and other strategies. (Fox 2)

UTILITIES:

  • Xcel Energy proposes a two-year test of automatic bill credits averaging more than $450 per year to Minnesota customers in certain low-income areas as a way to reduce energy burden. (Star Tribune)
  • Ohio consumer advocates argue to state regulators that ratepayers deserve a refund after paying more than $100 million since 2020 to subsidize two unprofitable coal plants. (WOSU) 

NUCLEAR: A new report questions whether increasingly extreme weather could threaten the safety or viability of aging nuclear power plants, such as the Iowa plant that was badly damaged by a 2020 wind storm. (Yale Environment 360)

GRID: DTE Energy is installing equipment on Detroit’s west side meant to help it more quickly detect and respond to power outages. (Click On Detroit)

BIOGAS: A South Dakota facility that captures methane from cow manure begins injecting its product into the local natural gas supply pipeline. (South Dakota Searchlight)

COMMENTARY: A family farm advocate writes that manure digesters are a false climate solution that will encourage factory farms to expand and produce more waste to capture federal incentives. (Common Dreams)

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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.