TRANSMISSION: A planned underground transmission line through Iowa and Illinois hasn’t faced the same organized opposition that has dogged overhead transmission lines in the region. (Energy News Network)

• An Illinois architect discusses the challenges of reaching higher percentages of energy efficiency levels in new buildings and retrofits. (Energy News Network)
• A retrofitted Michigan home that nears net-zero energy usage could be the norm instead of the exception to the rule, building contractors say. (WMUK)

POLICY: COVID-19 will likely stall clean energy reforms in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and other states as legislatures pause work. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: The U.S. solar industry could be facing a crisis due to uncertainty over the Investment Tax Credit as projects face delays. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS: A Michigan task force releases draft recommendations to help strengthen the Upper Peninsula’s access to propane while examining alternatives during supply disruptions. (Michigan Advance)

• A problem with coolant pumps caused the Besse Davis nuclear plant in Ohio to shut down temporarily this week. (Toledo Blade)
• Nuclear plant operators consider potential limitations on refueling outages in the coming months to protect the health and safety of workers. (Utility Dive)

GRID: Federal energy regulators and a national group representing state regulators urge states to designate utility workers as “essential” to critical infrastructure during the coronavirus outbreak. (E&E News, subscription)  

• Ethanol producers say the federal government is blocking their plans to produce a grade of alcohol that could be used for sanitizers. (Associated Press)
• Some Iowa ethanol plants may close as oil prices tank and travel is reduced due to the coronavirus. (Radio Iowa)

COAL: A west Michigan city moves forward with site improvement plans at a recently closed coal plant. (Grand Haven Tribune, subscription)

COMMENTARY: Documents show the close financial relationship between FirstEnergy and its subsidiaries as lawmakers considered and passed legislation to bail out struggling nuclear and coal plants, a watchdog group reports. (Energy and Policy Institute)

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.