OHIO: City officials in Cincinnati and Columbus file a lawsuit alleging the state’s power plant subsidy law is an “unconstitutional tax” and seek a restraining order from imposing fees on ratepayers. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

PIPELINES:
• A tribal group asks Minnesota regulators to investigate Enbridge’s recent pipeline capacity additions, arguing a Line 3 replacement and expansion project is no longer necessary. (Star Tribune)
• Environmental groups opposing a proposed Line 5 tunnel say a Michigan agency’s hiring of an outside expert to review the project is a good first step. (WCMU)

UTILITIES:
• DTE Energy plans to spin off its natural gas pipeline and storage business into a separate publicly traded company in a move expected to benefit shareholders. (Detroit Free Press)
• A western Minnesota municipal utility announces its electric system will be carbon free by Jan. 1 through hydroelectric, wind, solar and nuclear power contracts. (Inforum)
• An Ameren official says the “time is right” to plan for net-zero carbon emissions given the declining costs of clean energy and rising costs of coal. (Daily Energy Insider)

NUCLEAR: Ameren plans to seek a license renewal to extend the life of a Missouri nuclear plant, which the company says will play a key role in its net-zero carbon plan. (News Tribune)

SOLAR:
• An administrative law judge proposes that Michigan regulators conduct a value of solar study to determine the rate at which Consumers Energy solar-generating customers should be compensated for excess power. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• About $81 million in local taxes is expected to be paid over 30 years from a planned 375 MW solar project in northwestern Ohio. (Lima News)
• First Solar has continued to increase orders and advance projects in the U.S. based on rising demand while avoiding supply chain risks in China. (S&P Global)
• Local officials approve plans for a 3 MW MidAmerican Energy solar project in eastern Iowa. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)
• A southwestern Michigan school district expects to save $5 million over the 25-year lifespan of solar installations planned next month. (MLive)

WIND:
• Construction is completed on a 130 MW wind project in eastern Indiana. (ReNews)
• A manufacturer is investigating after a turbine blade breaks off at a Nebraska wind project less than 24 hours after being installed. (News Channel Nebraska)

COMMENTARY: A longtime energy consultant and regulatory staffer says efforts to revive the coal industry are “nostalgia, not serious policy.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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.