CLEAN ENERGY: The Prairie Island Indian Community in Minnesota is set to jumpstart its net zero emissions plan with major investments in solar, a microgrid and energy efficiency. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: Kansas City utility Evergy disputes a news report that it turned down a $15 billion acquisition bid from NextEra Energy, saying there is currently no offer on the table. (Greentech Media)

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WIND: The future of a central Illinois wind project is uncertain after voters elected new county board members who oppose the project. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

• An Illinois school district installs the largest solar project of any school in the state and expects to save up to $270,000 a year. (Northwest Herald)
• Toledo, Ohio, joins a coalition of 59 other communities to share the costs and output of a large-scale solar project. (WTVG)
• A northern Iowa manufacturer installs a solar project that’s expected to offset about 10% of the company’s energy needs. (Globe Gazette)

• Ford plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in southeast Michigan to build electric vehicles and EV components. (Detroit News)
• A Minnesota agency announces $170,000 in grant funding to deploy 22 Level 2 electric vehicle chargers across the state. (WCCO)

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EFFICIENCY: Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota join a lawsuit claiming the federal government failed to review and update more than two dozen appliance standards, costing consumers billions of dollars and increasing pollution. (Utility Dive)

• A Minneapolis nonprofit deploys mobile clean energy resources to communities in crisis as a form of disaster response. (Clean Energy Resource Teams)
• Minnesota officials who appear poised to approve a key water permit for the Line 3 pipeline replacement have ignored the project’s climate effects and harm to Indigenous communities, environmental advocates say. (Star Tribune)

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.