EFFICIENCY: As commercial property owners invest in air quality technology to combat COVID-19 and other viruses, energy conservation experts recommend pairing them with efficiency upgrades to offset added energy use. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• State regulators unanimously reject plans for a 50 MW wind project in northwestern Ohio. (Toledo Blade)
• Developers propose a 70-turbine wind project in South Dakota. (KELO)
• The developer behind an Illinois wind project contributes $300,000 to a conservation grant to protect wildlife areas in other parts of the state. (WLDS)
• County officials will vote next month on plans for a 64-turbine wind project in central Illinois. (WEEK)

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UTILITIES: Clean energy advocates in Minnesota support Xcel Energy’s plan to retire its remaining coal units by 2030 but raise concerns about an over-reliance on natural gas. (MPR News)

OHIO: State election officials delay a review of alleged campaign finance violations against former House Speaker Larry Householder and others related to a power plant bailout bribery scheme. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• A recently approved energy bill in Minnesota includes $21 million for solar projects at schools and community colleges as well as $10 million for an Xcel Energy customer solar program. (Finance & Commerce)
• Nearly 25 qualified families will be selected to participate in a mostly grant-funded community solar project in mid-Michigan. (WLNS)
• State regulators will soon hold a public hearing over plans for a 125 MW solar project in northern Ohio. (Fremont News Messenger)

CLIMATE: Two congressional lawmakers from Indiana join dozens of legislators who recently formed a GOP climate caucus to support conservative climate measures. (Indianapolis Star)

PIPELINES: A new documentary focuses on the women who helped lead protests against the Dakota Access pipeline. (Forbes)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Local officials in Madison, Wisconsin, hold a grand opening of a new high-tech and electric vehicle-friendly fleet maintenance garage. (Capital Times)
• Federal researchers say vehicle charging infrastructure, battery quality and cultural acceptance will play larger roles than government subsidies in consumers’ decision to purchase an electric vehicle. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS: A North Dakota panel takes no action on new settlement offers from energy companies that owe the state millions of dollars in unpaid oil and gas royalties. (Associated Press)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.