NUCLEAR: Exelon plans to close two Illinois nuclear plants next year unless the company receives state funding support, which Gov. J.B. Pritzker called a “threat” that would “need to be backed up by a thorough and transparent review of their finances.” (WBEZ)

ALSO: Exelon officials say the announcement is unrelated to Pritzker’s recently unveiled energy plan that includes utility accountability measures. (Southern Illinoisan)

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TRANSPORTATION:
• Researchers across the Midwest are developing cleaner aviation fuels that aim to significantly reduce the industry’s emissions. (Energy News Network)
• Indianapolis’ transit service will purchase 27 hybrid buses expected to improve fuel efficiency up to 25%. (Indianapolis Star)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A Minnesota agency will fund the installation of 38 electric vehicle fast-charging stations to help build out the state’s charging network. (WCCO)
• Indianapolis Power and Light parent company AES is launching an electric vehicle subscription service in the greater Indianapolis area. (Inside Indiana Business)

BIOENERGY: An urban garden project in a traditionally underserved Chicago neighborhood will include an onsite anaerobic digester that produces renewable natural gas to be sold on the market. (Centered)

RENEWABLES: A plan to allow AEP to be Columbus, Ohio’s clean energy aggregator would spur $1 billion in new renewable energy investments in the state. (Columbus Dispatch)

PIPELINES: If elected, Joe Biden would likely face pressure from environmental groups to permanently shut down the Dakota Access pipeline. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND: County officials in southeastern Nebraska continue debating land use regulations that critics say threaten potential wind projects. (Beatrice Daily Sun)

SOLAR:
• An eastern Ohio county declines to sign a commitment to purchase solar power at long-term fixed rates. (Herald-Star)
• County officials approve plans for a 74 MW solar project in western Wisconsin. (Daily Reporter)

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OIL & GAS: A lightning strike causes hundreds of gallons of brine and oil to spill at a North Dakota saltwater disposal well. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• Closing two Illinois nuclear plants would harm the state’s ability to achieve aggressive clean energy goals, an editorial board says. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• An Indiana utility’s request for renewable energy projects is a shift from just a few years ago when it called for major natural gas investments, signifying broader changes in the utility industry, a clean energy analyst writes. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

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.