EFFICIENCY: Minneapolis officials propose an “inclusive financing” program for energy efficiency that would let residents borrow money for energy efficiency improvements without using conventional loans. (Energy News Network)

RENEWABLES: Despite a slower transition from coal than other areas, Great Lakes states have potential to be the next hot spot for renewable energy development, some experts say. (S&P Global)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• General Motors considers spinning off its electric vehicle operations as investors look to put money into electric vehicles but not legacy companies. (Bloomberg)
• A Minnesota pilot program will gather data on the emission and health benefits of electric school buses. (MinnPost)

PIPELINES:
• A court-ordered review of the environmental impacts of the Dakota Access pipeline may directly conflict with the Trump administration’s overhaul of the National Environmental Policy Act, legal experts say. (E&E News, subscription)
• With additional delays to study the Dakota Access pipeline’s environmental impact, the presidential election could decide the fate of the project. (HuffPost)
• Michigan regulators will hold a public hearing this month on Enbridge’s request to build a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (WNMU)

SOLAR:
• Madison Gas and Electric sees increased customer interest in community solar subscriptions. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Manufacturer First Solar agrees to sell its North American operations and maintenance business as it seeks to streamline and focus on manufacturing thin-film solar modules. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES:
• AEP says power consumption is rebounding since the start of the pandemic while it makes other operational adjustments to account for fewer sales. (Columbus Business First)
• The return of some industrial power customers in Minnesota allows ALLETE Energy to better forecast its remaining 2020 sales. (S&P Global)

CLIMATE: Iowa City’s sustainability coordinator looks for long-term emission reductions after the pandemic led to a decrease from transportation. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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BIOMASS: A North Dakota ethanol company co-located with a major coal plant scheduled to close in 2022 explores biomass as its next potential fuel source. (Prairie Public Radio)

COMMENTARY:
• An Indiana editorial board urges state officials to extend a moratorium on utility disconnections, which it calls a “looming economic crisis.” (Goshen News)
• Author and pipeline activist Winona LaDuke says Enbridge should “engage in a just transition” from the Line 3 pipeline. (Duluth News Tribune)

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.