GRID: Inadequate tree trimming and a failure to replace aging equipment in DTE Energy’s service area has worsened power outages in southeast Michigan, grid experts and stakeholders say. (Energy News Network)

POLICY:
• Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs a sweeping clean energy bill that he calls a “giant leap forward” by phasing out fossil fuel plants, bolstering clean energy spending, and investing in climate resilience. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• Exelon is preparing to refuel two of its nuclear plants that will remain open thanks to $700 million in subsidies included in the bill. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES:
• Climate experts say building a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac would emit “excessive greenhouse gas emissions,” though state regulatory staff have said the project is in the public interest. (Detroit News)
• Tribal members organize a 160-mile walk across northern Minnesota in opposition to construction on the Line 3 pipeline. (Native News Online)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Electric vehicle startup Rivian seeks to raise $5 billion to $8 billion as it plans to become a publicly traded company. (Reuters)
• General Motors recommends Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle owners parking in ramps do so on the top floor or on an open level at least 50 feet away from other cars, citing potential fire risks. (Reuters)
• Battery costs and range are so far two key barriers to more widespread electric fleet vehicle adoption. (Utility Dive)

COAL: Multiple North Dakota agencies are processing permit requests for the planned sale of the state’s largest coal plant to a new owner. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR:
• A 9 MW airport solar project is helping move Dane County, Wisconsin, closer to its goal of 100% renewable energy at its facilities by 2024. (WMTV)
• Residents are divided over plans for a 320 MW solar project in eastern Kansas. (FOX 4)
• An Ohio school district’s 1.2 MW solar installation also includes land for grazing sheep. (Farm and Dairy)
• Ohio regulators will hold a public hearing later this month on a proposed 100 MW solar project. (Marion Star)

CLEAN ENERGY: A new $16 million U.S. Department of Energy program will help rural communities develop clean energy action plans that focus on environmental justice. (RTO Insider, subscription)

COMMENTARY: Former Minnesota lawmakers and conservation advocates say special interests and large political donors are blocking meaningful progress on climate change. (Minnesota Reformer)

Andy Balaskovitz

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.