POLICY: Developers and advocates say Illinois’ solar industry could face irreparable harm after the pandemic causes state leaders to cancel a November legislative session, delaying action on multiple clean energy bills. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: Consumers Energy President and CEO Patti Poppe is leaving the company effective Dec. 1 to lead PG&E Corp., California’s largest utility, as it grapples with wildfire and reliability challenges. (MiBiz)

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• Members of a Minnesota agency’s environmental justice advisory group resign in protest after state officials approve a key water quality permit for the Line 3 pipeline replacement and expansion project. (Star Tribune)
• An attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity says Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s move to shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac is “going to spark some interest in (other) existing pipelines.” (New York Times)

NUCLEAR: The operator of Wisconsin’s only remaining nuclear plant seeks permission from federal regulators to continue operating the facility through 2050. (Wisconsin State Journal)

OHIO: Gov. Mike DeWine says there is no indication that Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Sam Randazzo is the target of a federal investigation after the FBI executed a search warrant at Randazzo’s Columbus home. (Dayton Daily News)

• Michigan considers policies that use public lands to help fight climate change, including for large solar projects. (Bridge Michigan)
• The Boys and Girls Club of Fort Wayne, Indiana, installs the city’s largest solar project at its new facility. (WANE)
• An Indianapolis pilot program that provides solar panels to low and moderate income homes completes its first installation. (WFYI)
• Plans for a large-scale solar project in central Ohio start to face pushback from some residents despite promises of jobs and local tax revenue. (WOSU)

• EV startup Lordstown Motors is building a research and development center in metro Detroit. (Detroit News)
• A newly formed coalition will push for an accelerated transition to electric vehicles, advocating national policies to enable 100% EV sales in the U.S. by 2030. (Automotive News)
• Electric school buses could play a key role in vehicle-to-grid technology, storing low-cost overnight or midday power and dispatching it during evening peaks. (Greentech Media)

OIL & GAS: Though production increased in September, North Dakota’s oil industry faces uncertainty with the incoming Biden administration and as prices remain low because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY: The long-term outlook for the coal industry remains bleak as Peabody Energy says it could soon wind up in its second bankruptcy, a columnist writes. (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.