OHIO: Utility and fossil fuel interests’ influence on Ohio politics is resurfacing as officials seek to replace a member of the state’s utility commission and environmental groups seek to revisit prior utility cases. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Attorney General Dave Yost expects a hearing this month on his lawsuit to stop customer surcharges supporting subsidies for two nuclear power plants. (Toledo Blade)
• A Republican state lawmaker introduces legislation that would delay for a year the collection of subsidies for the nuclear plants at the center of a bribery scandal. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

SUSTAINABILITY: A historic neighborhood on Chicago’s Far South Side provides a template for Rust Belt cities seeking to pivot from heavy industry to more sustainable development. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: Enbridge begins construction on the Line 3 replacement and expansion in Minnesota the day after state officials approved the last permits for the project. (Star Tribune)

SOLAR:
• Officials in Grand Rapids, Michigan, approve plans for a roughly 1 MW solar project at a water filtration plant near Lake Michigan that’s expected to save more than a million dollars over two decades. (MLive)
• Opponents of a planned 120 MW solar project in central Indiana appeal a court ruling that allowed the project to move forward. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)
• Township officials approve plans for a 9 MW, 50-acre solar project in Michigan’s northwest Lower Peninsula. (Traverse City Ticker)

POLLUTION:
• A government network of thousands of air monitoring devices nationwide routinely miss major toxic releases and day-to-day pollution dangers. (Reuters)
• Republican governors in North Dakota and Nebraska are among state leaders expected to challenge the incoming Biden administration’s potential attempt to require reductions in power-sector greenhouse gas emissions. (Reuters) 

RENEWABLES: Analysts say solar-plus-storage is becoming increasingly cost competitive with combined cycle natural gas plants in parts of the U.S. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• Wisconsin should keep its last nuclear plant operating “as long as safely possible” to help the state achieve its climate change targets, an editorial board says. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Most of the country’s largest investor-owned utilities are on a trajectory to meet emission-reduction targets far slower than what is outlined in President-elect Joe Biden’s climate plan, analysts say. (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.