COAL: Alliant Energy plans to retire a coal plant in eastern Wisconsin years ahead of schedule, which is expected to save ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars long term. (Wisconsin State Journal)

ALSO:
• The Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency plans to reduce its carbon emissions 90% by 2030, driven by the retirement of a large coal plant that is the utility’s largest source of electricity. (Energy News Network)
• A settlement between DTE Energy, the U.S. EPA and the Sierra Club resolving a longstanding dispute over a southeast Michigan coal plant directs millions of dollars to pollution control and energy efficiency. (Michigan Radio)
• Chicago officials face public backlash during a virtual town hall meeting on the botched demolition of a former coal plant smokestack. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Minnesota lawmakers approve $46 million for a net-zero energy project at Prairie Island Indian Community, as well as $15 million for a state-funded solar program. (Star Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• Since 2012, pipelines owned by the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline or its subsidiaries have had 349 leaks, spills and other incidents. (E&E News, subscription)
• Attorneys for the state of Michigan argue in court that the Line 5 pipeline is a public nuisance and a violation of the public trust doctrine. (Bridge Magazine) 

SOLAR: A Sioux man seeking to bring energy sovereignty to U.S. tribes is the driving force behind a new solar project on the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota. (Al Jazeera)

UTILITIES: Shareholders at Michigan’s two largest utilities have again rejected investor resolutions calling for more disclosure of political spending after the companies’ ties to tax-exempt nonprofits receive more scrutiny. (MiBiz)

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CLIMATE: The Wisconsin Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change continues meeting during the pandemic as officials say the two issues are connected. (Wisconsin Examiner)

COMMENTARY:
• An Ohio labor union official says the federal Renewable Fuel Standard is imposing millions of dollars in extra costs on refiners at a time when plants are struggling to stay open. (Toledo Blade)
• Several major banks have announced new policies recently that will limit how they do business with companies that rely on coal, including utilities, 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.