OHIO: Murray Energy is accused in a bankruptcy court filing of not being forthcoming with creditors about its role in a $61 million bribery and racketeering scheme to bail out uneconomic power plants. (Columbus Dispatch)

ALSO:
• Four defendants in the Ohio power plant scandal plead not guilty to federal racketeering charges while former House Speaker Larry Householder is granted a delay to find a new lawyer. (WKSU)
• American Electric Power’s CEO says the company’s contributions to a group linked to the power plant scandal was “lawful and ethical” and that the company is not part of the federal government’s case. (RTO Insider, subscription)

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BUILDINGS: A net-zero affordable housing project that will include a large photovoltaic array is set to start construction next month in Gary, Indiana. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• More Missouri farmers are turning to solar power to help reduce operating costs. (St. Louis Public Radio)
• Indiana Michigan Power begins construction on a 20 MW solar project in northwestern Indiana. (WNDU)
• Construction begins on a 12.1 MW solar project at a University of Illinois campus. (Solar Power World)

POLICY: A new version of the Clean Energy Jobs Act in Illinois includes updates to protect consumers in light of the pandemic and ComEd’s role in a bribery scheme. (Utility Dive)

RENEWABLES: An urban farm and renewable energy project planned on Chicago’s South Side moves forward with the help of a $2 million grant from the state. (Chicago Sun-Time)

WIND:
• DTE Energy suspends plans for a wind project in Michigan’s southern Lower Peninsula, citing economic conditions. (Coldwater Daily Reporter)
• Facebook completes a power purchase agreement for 170 MW from an Illinois wind project. (North American Windpower)

UTILITIES:
• State regulators fine Indiana utility NIPSCO $1.1 million for pipeline safety violations in 2018. (Times of Northwest Indiana)
• Southwestern Indiana utility Vectren will be renamed CenterPoint Energy as its parent company merges operations. (Evansville Courier & Press)

PIPELINES: Two Keystone XL pipeline workers in Montana test positive for COVID-19, though project construction will continue. (Yellowstone Public Radio)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Michigan issues $1.7 million in grants to public and private entities to help cover the costs of 36 fast-charging electric vehicle stations. (MiBiz)

CLIMATE:
• A southeastern Michigan county moves up its carbon-neutral target by five years to 2030 and approves a $2.5 million project to cut energy usage. (MLive)
• Minneapolis is among cities to adopt “upzoning” codes to promote housing density aimed at curbing transportation emissions. (NPR)

COAL: Peabody Energy lowers the value of a Wyoming coal mine by $1.42 billion based on low expectations for future coal demand. (S&P Global)

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BIOFUELS: Biofuel industry advocates seek relief in future federal stimulus funds while also keeping pressure on the Trump administration to maintain ethanol blending requirements. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: North Dakota oil field workers are repurposing their skills as wind turbine technicians, author Bill McKibben writes. (New Yorker)

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.