TRANSPORTATION: Fiat Chrysler expects to pay nearly $259 million to settle allegations involving cheating on diesel emissions tests. (Detroit News)

ALSO: Ford expects its new electric Transit van to be profitable by tapping into the commercial market. (E&E News, subscription)

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• The Keystone XL developer awards $1.6 billion in contracts to six U.S. firms to work on pipeline construction next year. (Pierre Capital Journal)
• Keystone XL supporters in Canada would have to convince a potential Biden administration of the project’s value in order to continue construction. (Politico) 

• Consumers Energy’s CEO says the utility could “work to adapt” to more aggressive emission targets if Joe Biden is elected. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• Akron, Ohio, officials say the city’s future is closely tied to FirstEnergy’s ability to navigate the power plant bailout scandal. (Akron Beacon Journal)

RENEWABLES: Separate developers eye large-scale wind and solar projects totaling 575 MW of capacity in a western Michigan county. (Greenville Daily News)

• County officials in southwestern Minnesota advance a solar ordinance that would help guide the development of large-scale projects. (The Globe)
• Ameren proposes a 6 MW solar project in eastern Missouri based on customer demand. (Jefferson City News Tribune)

POLITICS: Minnesota is among three states where Democratic gains in the state legislature could spur clean energy policy advancements. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND: South Dakota regulators approve the transfer of a wind project and transmission line but will require the new owner to fix roads that were damaged as part of construction. (KELO)

• Hydrogen has potential for transportation, heating buildings and generating electricity, and “may prove to be key in humanity’s next energy transition,” an Ohio editorial board says. (Toledo Blade)
• Clean energy projects can help address the climate crisis, spur investment during the pandemic and reduce race and income disparities, a Minnesota solar developer says. (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.