COAL: American Electric Power says it will buy out co-investors in order to close the Rockport coal plant in southern Indiana by 2028. (Indiana Public Radio)

ALSO:
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers orders contractors to clean up debris that was left in an Ohio river after a recent coal plant demolition. (WCPO)
• The federal government could tap $38 billion in existing funding to help revitalize coal-dependent communities, according to a new report delivered to President Biden. (Reuters)

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TRANSPORTATION: Ohio’s 61 public transit services face short- and long-term challenges after pandemic-related ridership declines and ongoing underfunding. (Energy News Network)

POLICY: Multiple competing clean energy proposals have emerged in Illinois in recent months with environmentalists, organized labor and utilities backing their own favored plans. (The Pantagraph)

RENEWABLES:
• Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announces a goal to power all state-owned facilities with renewable energy by 2025. (Bridge Michigan)
• Local officials in Illinois approve a new three-year energy aggregation agreement that will boost the city’s supply of renewable energy. (WGIL)
• A Wisconsin elementary school is the first in the state to be carbon neutral with solar panels and no consumable fuel onsite. (Spectrum News)

PIPELINES:
• The Dakota Access pipeline developer highlights support from leaders with the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation for keeping the pipeline operating. (Bismarck Tribune)
• The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe disputes the developer’s claim that shutting down the pipeline would cause significant economic harm. (Associated Press)
• Canadian officials are using several diplomatic tactics to oppose Michigan officials’ attempt to shut down the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (Reuters)
• Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says Native American rights should be considered amid the Line 3 pipeline debate and that the administration prefers pipelines used to move hydrogen or carbon emissions. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
• A developer promises hundreds of construction jobs and millions of dollars in local revenue under plans for a 1,500-acre solar project in Ohio. (Dayton Daily News)
• Local officials approve an agreement over direct payments to local schools and governments from a planned 108 MW solar project in Ohio. (Newark Advocate)

GEOTHERMAL: A Nebraska farmer uses geothermal energy to heat a greenhouse and grow citrus year-round. (Yale Climate Connections)

UTILITIES: Two Nebraska electric cooperatives join others in buying out their contracts and leaving their regional wholesale electricity supplier. (The Journal)

GRID: Nebraska Public Power District plans to inspect nearly 11,000 utility poles this year to ensure reliable distribution and transmission. (Grand Island Independent)

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NUCLEAR: An event in Missouri this week will bring together experts to discuss the future role of nuclear power to help curb U.S. carbon emissions. (Rolla Daily News)

COMMENTARY: Among several proposed clean energy bills in Illinois, the Clean Energy Jobs Act is the only one that would mitigate climate change, expand clean energy and ensure a just transition for coal communities, clean energy advocates say. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy has been a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News since 2014, following four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. He covers the state of Michigan and also compiles the Midwest Energy News daily email digest. Andy is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, where he focused on topics covered by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and wrote for the Great Lakes Echo. He was the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Edward Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Environmental Journalism at Michigan State.