WIND: A bipartisan coalition of 32 northeastern Ohio lawmakers urge state regulators to reconsider their “puzzling” decision on a Lake Erie offshore wind project that developers have said would effectively kill the plan. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A southeastern Nebraska county is holding a public hearing on commercial wind energy regulations as NextEra seeks to build a $225 million project there. (Beatrice Daily Sun) 

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EMISSIONS: U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said last week in Ohio that he had not read a study linking the agency’s relaxed enforcement during the pandemic with air pollution increases and elevated COVID-19 cases and deaths. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES:
• The chair of the Illinois Commerce Commission declines to recuse herself during hearings involving ComEd after her father-in-law was identified as being involved in the ComEd bribery scandal. (WBEZ)
• ComEd officials insist the company’s wrongdoing was “misconduct” — not a crime — and orchestrated by “a few” former staffers. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
FirstEnergy and AEP leaders distance themselves from an alleged $60 million bribery scheme as they seek to help their stock prices recover. (Utility Dive)
• Environmental and consumer advocates appeal Indiana regulators’ approval last month of a Duke Energy rate case that would increase average residential bills by $15 a month. (Indianapolis Star)

PIPELINES: Michigan’s attorney general will not appeal a court ruling that an agreement to build a tunnel for Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac was constitutional. (Detroit News)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: A University of Michigan professor discusses how bringing more energy efficiency programs to low-income households promotes energy equity. (Grist)

SOLAR: The Minnesota Court of Appeals overturns a county’s rejection of two proposed solar gardens, saying permit denials were not issued within 120 days. (Mankato Free Press)

OIL & GAS: Enbridge reports that its crude volumes and finances rebounded more quickly than expected from the pandemic but that they may not fully recover until late 2021. (S&P Global)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors unveils more details about its Hummer electric pickup truck, which is set to start production in fall 2021. (CNET)

COMMENTARY:
Ten years after one of the worst inland pipeline spills in U.S. history, Enbridge continues to raise safety concerns about its Line 5 pipeline, critics say. (Detroit News)
• Advocates say the proposed Clean Energy Jobs Act would deliver 100% clean energy to Illinois, good-paying jobs and “center equity at every step of the way.” (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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.