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SOLAR: Ohio’s solar market is booming because of inexpensive land and high corporate renewable energy demand and despite years of hostility toward renewables from policymakers. (Inside Climate News)

ALSO:
• A northern Wisconsin public utility advances plans to build a community solar project, which would be its first new generation project in decades. (Superior Telegram)
• McClean County in central Illinois is the state’s leading renewable energy producer and has attracted particular interest from solar developers. (WJBC)
• An Illinois school district considers installing solar on district buildings to help lower utility costs. (Journal Courier)

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POLITICS: Records show that Michigan utilities donated more than $50,000 to intra-party rivals of a Democratic lawmaker who was critical of the companies, which advocates say shows how industries strategically target campaign donations to influence the legislature. (Energy News Network)

POLICY:
• Ohio lawmakers extend their year-end lame-duck session after failing to reach an agreement on several bills, including whether to delay the state’s power plant subsidy law. (Cleveland.com)
• President-elect Joe Biden formally announces his plan to nominate former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as energy secretary. (Detroit News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Wisconsin regulators vote 2-1 to create a framework for voluntary utility electric vehicle plans. (Wisconsin State Journal)

UTILITIES: Michigan regulators approve a $134 million rate increase for Consumers Energy to support grid infrastructure spending and improving reliability. (Detroit News)

BIOFUELS: U.S. biofuel producers seeking federal relief will shift their focus from Congress to presumptive incoming Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• Grid infrastructure investments that favor distributed generation and non-wires alternatives will be key for Michigan to achieve ambitious emission-reduction targets, an advanced energy group says. (Energy News Network)
Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois have each made gains in clean energy policy and development despite the challenges of 2020, advocates say. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• Business advocates say Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine should nominate a new Public Utilities Commission member “who will lead with integrity and vision for the future.” (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

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.