OHIO: State lawmakers remove Rep. Larry Householder as House speaker after he and others were formally indicted on charges involving an alleged $60 million bribery scheme. (Cleveland.com)

ALSO: Environmental groups ask a bankruptcy court for Murray Energy to disclose any involvement it had in the state’s nuclear bailout law. (Columbus Dispatch)

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SOLAR:
After an unexpected compromise to preserve net metering, Iowa utilities and clean energy groups disagree over how a new law should be interpreted by regulators. (Energy News Network)
• Michigan farmers have an opportunity to retain land and earn additional income by leasing property for solar projects, researchers say. (Yale Climate Connections)
• A federal program to support renewable energy projects in rural areas has mostly helped finance solar projects. (Wisconsin State Farmer)

TRANSPORTATION: Chicago transit advocates say the expansion of a bike share program can be potentially transformative in areas of the city that have been historically underserved and disinvested. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES:
• A municipal takeover of ComEd’s electric service in Chicago is not financially feasible, a mayoral aide says during a hearing on the utility’s bribery scandal. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Hot weather and cost cutting helped Xcel Energy post second quarter profits despite a reduction in electricity sales due to the pandemic. (Star Tribune)

RENEWABLES: Experts say recent changes to federal PURPA rules will mostly benefit utilities while harming small-scale solar developers. (Utility Dive)

COAL: Michigan’s two largest utilities are transitioning from coal as it becomes increasingly costly to operate the plants compared to alternatives. (Michigan Radio)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Tesla files suit alleging EV startup Rivian persuaded employees recruited from Tesla to share trade secret information. (Utility Dive)
• Researchers expect the price of an all-electric vehicle to be equivalent to gasoline-powered models within the next five years. (InsideClimate News)

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BIOMASS: Several Minnesota timber companies seek to produce wood pellets for international markets as a way to use forest residuals and revive the state’s forestry sector. (KBJR)

COMMENTARY:
A Michigan editorial board says the state’s attorney general should drop legal challenges to the Line 5 pipeline and allow a Great Lakes tunnel project to move forward. (Detroit News)
• A repeal of Ohio’s nuclear bailout law should also include strengthening the state’s clean energy targets, an editorial board writes. (Columbus Dispatch)

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.