OHIO: Representatives of a dark-money political advocacy group sign a guilty plea admitting involvement in a major bribery scandal involving the state’s power plant subsidy law. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

ALSO: Former FirstEnergy subsidiary Energy Harbor says it may decline the $1 billion in subsidies for two Ohio nuclear plants included in the scandal-tainted legislation. (Associated Press)

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• A Minnesota startup looks to fill an underserved niche by specializing in customized, medium-duty electric trucks for commercial and government fleets. (Energy News Network)
• Ford says it will double its investment in electric vehicles to $22 billion by 2025. (Reuters)

• Developers of a planned 149 MW solar project in Wisconsin delay construction for two years as they seek federal financing. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Solar advocates hope Indiana lawmakers will extend net metering compensation rates before they’re set to expire. (WFYI)
• An AES Corp. subsidiary plans to purchase a 195 MW solar project in Indiana. (PV Tech)

COAL: The drop in coal-fired generation during the pandemic declined more than any other power source and could accelerate the shift to clean energy, researchers say. (New York Times)

• Kansas regulators are analyzing Evergy’s proposed clean energy plan that includes $5.6 billion in capital expenditures to upgrade transmission and distribution. (Topeka Capital-Journal)
• Indiana utility NIPSCO is moving forward with renewable energy projects despite state lawmakers’ attempts to slow the closure of coal plants. (Chicago Tribune)

CLIMATE: A Minnesota company launches a carbon exchange program allowing businesses to purchase credits to offset greenhouse gas emissions. (MPR News)

• Some Democrats in Congress are calling on the Biden administration to cancel the Dakota Access pipeline after similar action against Keystone XL. (E&E News, subscription)
• Whether climate change should be considered remains a key legal question involving a plan to build a tunnel for Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. (Michigan Radio)
• The owner of the Nexus natural gas pipeline is challenging the valuation of the project in an Ohio county in an attempt to lower the company’s tax assessment. (Morning Journal)

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BIOFUELS: Sen. Chuck Grassley seeks to work with the Biden administration to preserve renewable fuel standards following uncertainty under President Trump. (Axios)

• Rebuilding a post-pandemic economy means investing in clean transportation in communities disproportionately affected by pollution, advocates say. (Energy News Network)
• The developer of a proposed mid-Michigan wind project says its model will encourage economic growth in the county. (Greenville Daily News)

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.