PIPELINES: A federal appeals court overturns an order and allows oil to keep flowing through the Dakota Access pipeline for now, though an environmental review is still needed for a key water-crossing permit. (Bismarck Tribune) 

ALSO:
• Enbridge completes replacement work on a section of the Line 5 pipeline that travels beneath the St. Clair River in eastern Michigan. (Port Huron Times Herald)
• The Keystone XL pipeline developer reaches an agreement with major U.S. labor unions to build the project, which could stoke political division among Democrats. (E&E News, subscription)

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OHIO:
• About 50 companies urge Ohio lawmakers to repeal HB 6, the state’s nuclear and coal bailout law at the center of an alleged bribery scheme. (Columbus Dispatch)
• A court hearing is scheduled today for former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four others for their alleged involvement in the scheme. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES:
• An Illinois coalition calls for legislation that makes ethics reforms recently imposed on ComEd after its role in a bribery scheme apply to all utilities in the state. (Daily Herald)
• Minnesota Power reports a more optimistic sales forecast as northern Minnesota mines return to work. (Star Tribune) 

CLEAN ENERGY: Evergy announces a new strategic five-year plan that boosts its clean energy portfolio as part of a deal with an activist investor. (Kansas City Business Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A Minnesota agency announces a pilot program that will deploy electric school buses by 2022 using Volkswagen settlement funds. (WCCO)
• EV charging station operator ChargePoint raises an additional $127 million from investors to expand its charging network ahead of anticipated demand from business and commercial fleets. (Forbes)

SOLAR:
• A suburban Chicago village will continue to participate in a community solar program, citing “no apparent downside.” (Daily Herald)
• Solar developers across the U.S. are piloting agrivoltaics projects that pair solar installations with grazing livestock to manage vegetation. (Utility Dive)
• County officials in central Iowa approve a pair of ordinances allowing for solar development on agricultural land. (Fort Dodge Messenger News)

COAL:
• An Indiana coal producer is among companies seeking relief from state officials in complying with environmental regulations during the pandemic. (Indianapolis Star)
• Analysts say coal generation could recover next year from recent low levels in grid operator PJM’s territory due to an anticipated natural gas price resurgence. (S&P Global)

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EMISSIONS: Fiat Chrysler prepares for a potential recall over excess emissions affecting about 1 million vehicles. (Detroit Free Press)

COMMENTARY: A Minnesota environmental activist criticizes Minnesota Power’s long-term energy plan for “largely continuing business as usual.” (Duluth News Tribune)

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.