ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric trucks alone won’t resolve environmental justice concerns around a distribution center being built at a former coal plant site in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, residents say. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Minnesota manufacturers are developing electric versions of specialty vehicles such as RVs, lawn mowers, floor scrubbers, and off-road vehicles. (Star Tribune)
• Charging stations are springing up in Minnesota communities, but more are needed for electric vehicles to continue their expected trajectory. (Star Tribune)
• Wisconsin regulators approve two utility electric vehicle pilot programs for residential and commercial customers. (Wisconsin Public Radio)  

***SPONSORED LINK: Register today for the 3rd DoD Energy & Power Summit, July 14-15 in National Harbor, MD. Join us to engage in discussions on the technologies and policies necessary to support greater energy reliability, resiliency, and safety. Early registration ends this week! Click here to learn more. ***

PIPELINES:
• Tribes in Michigan look to assert treaty rights to help shut down Line 5 and block a planned pipeline tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac. (MLive)
• Dakota Access pipeline opponents ask a federal judge to require the developer and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide monthly updates on an extensive environmental review of the project. (Associated Press)
• The Minnesota Court of Appeals hears oral arguments in a case challenging a state water permit awarded for the Line 3 pipeline. (Duluth News Tribune)
• Nebraska pipeline opponents say eminent domain concerns remain despite the cancelation of the Keystone XL project. (Omaha World-Herald)

COAL: An expected compromise energy bill in Illinois would require the 1,600 MW Prairie State Energy Campus to close by 2035, more than a decade ahead of schedule. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES:  Negotiations continue between the city of Chicago and ComEd over a long-term power supply contract as the city weighs other suppliers. (WBEZ)

SOLAR:
• A northern Michigan city balked at multiple new solar projects after bids for projects farther out in the state came in cheaper. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
• Developers complete work on two solar projects totaling 40 MW of capacity in Michigan. (Solar Power World)
• A planned $7 million solar project is expected to supply about 30% of an Iowa college’s electricity needs. (Radio Iowa)

OIL & GAS: North Dakota’s first disposal facility for radioactive oil and gas waste opens, and more could be on the way. (Bismarck Tribune)

WIND: Townships in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are set to hold public hearings on a proposed 12-turbine wind project. (Daily Mining Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• A Minnesota farming advocate says Gov. Tim Walz’s vehicle emissions plan would “disproportionately hurt Minnesota’s biofuels producers and devastate Minnesota’s agriculture community.” (Duluth News Tribune)
• An Illinois Republican lawmaker says the framework of an energy plan expected to be voted on this week would increase costs for ratepayers through utility bailouts. (Effingham Daily News)

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.