PIPELINES: President-elect Joe Biden is expected to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit early on in his administration. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• Top Canadian officials hope to at least discuss the proposed pipeline with Biden amid reports that it would be canceled. (Associated Press)
• Critics say revoking the Keystone XL permit would be at odds with Biden’s promise to support good-paying union jobs. (E&E News, subscription)
• Ohio becomes the latest state to enact harsher penalties for trespassing on or interfering with energy infrastructure, which critics say is an attempt to chill pipeline protests. (Grist)

SOLAR:
• Some Michigan solar advocates see a potential silver lining for battery storage after regulators reduced compensation rates for Consumers Energy customers sending excess power back to the grid. (Energy News Network)
• Minnesota solar installations slowed in 2020, though experts expect to see growth this year, particularly for large-scale projects. (Star Tribune)
• Public comment is set to open on a proposed 100 MW solar project in southern Ohio. (Times-Gazette)

OHIO: Two northern Ohio villages along Lake Erie remain on edge about the uncertain future of the Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear plants, which provide key local tax revenue. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE:
• Legislation pending in Kansas and Missouri to block cities from banning natural gas could interfere with local clean energy targets, advocates say. (Energy News Network)
• Ann Arbor, Michigan’s 2030 carbon neutrality goal relies in part on the University of Michigan, which accounts for about one-third of the city’s carbon emissions. (MLive)
• Reforestation and cover cropping in Minnesota can be key ways to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report from the Nature Conservancy. (Star Tribune)

EMISSIONS: A highly polluting Ohio coal plant formerly owned by AEP is an example of utilities unloading power plants that continue to emit greenhouse gas emissions under new owners. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: Some Michigan residents are paying excessive electricity rates through a 10-year-old contract that helps subsidize two 1950s-era coal plants in Ohio and Indiana, clean energy groups say. (Northern Express)

WIND:
• Kansas researchers launch a five-year project that would use local wind power to produce an ammonia that’s used to treat community wastewater. (Wichita Eagle)
• PepsiCo signs an agreement to purchase a portion of the output from a 298 MW wind project in northeastern Nebraska. (Norfolk Daily News)
• Construction is nearly completed on three wind farms in southwestern Missouri and southeastern Kansas. (Joplin Globe)

TRANSPORTATION: Illinois will continue to waive emissions tests until March 1 for drivers renewing their registrations. (CBS Chicago)

OIL & GAS: North Dakota’s oil production is expected to drop this winter, then stabilize and potentially trend upward by the end of 2021. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY: A Minnesota economist says burning trash for energy is “not only inefficient, it is harmful in every way that you might imagine,” including releasing carbon dioxide. (MinnPost)

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.