SOLAR: Wisconsin utility Alliant Energy proposes to spend $900 million on six solar projects totaling 675 MW of capacity, which it says will save ratepayers $2 billion over the next three decades. (Wisconsin State Journal)

• COVID-19 has disrupted Illinois solar companies’ momentum while a lack of funding for a state incentive program looms even larger. (Illinois Newsroom)
• A solar developer plans energy efficiency and solar installations at six Ohio school districts to be completed later this year. (

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BIOGAS: Xcel Energy looks to “better understand the opportunities” of renewable natural gas by exploring costs and customer interest. (Star Tribune)

PIPELINES: Enbridge plans to repair gaps in protective coating on the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (Detroit News)

STORAGE: Energy developers see capped landfills as promising sites for energy storage projects. (Waste Dive)

• Recent coal plant closure announcements in North Dakota and Wisconsin are among more than a dozen announced so far this year across the U.S. (E&E News, subscription)
• Indiana officials extend the deadline for public comment on NIPSCO’s plan to shut down five coal ash ponds near Lake Michigan. (Chicago Tribune) 

AIR POLLUTION: An environmental group receives nearly $200,000 in grants to monitor southwestern Indiana air pollution as part of a settlement agreement involving AEP. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)

HYDROELECTRIC: State lawmakers approve up to $2.75 million to replace a turbine and make other repairs at a hydroelectric facility in western Minnesota. (West Central Tribune)

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BIOFUELS: A U.S. biofuels trade group asks the Trump administration to deny requests from oil refiners for retroactive blending waivers. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: The chief operating officer of ComEd says the utility has taken several steps to ensure worker safety during the pandemic. (Utility Dive)

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.