COAL: Controlling emissions at Illinois’ largest coal plant has become a key sticking point in state lawmakers’ debate over sweeping clean energy legislation. (Energy News Network) 

• Minnesota-based Otter Tail Power Co. plans to sell its 35% stake in a North Dakota coal plant by 2028 as it pursues “more flexible and economical” generation sources. (Associated Press)
• North Dakota regulators approve the transfer of several permits involving operations at the Coal Creek power plant. (KFGO)

CLEAN ENERGY: Wisconsin regulators will continue to study new rate structures, energy efficiency programs and customer affordability after declining to pass specific policy changes meant to speed up the clean energy transition. (Wisconsin State Journal)

• A building trades group objects to a letter from two Minnesota congressional representatives higlighting assaults and sex trafficking linked to Line 3 pipeline construction, accusing the lawmakers of “gaslighting” workers. (Minnesota Reformer archives, Finance & Commerce)
• Environmental and consumer advocates have come out in opposition to a proposed 24-mile natural gas pipeline that would connect to a power plant in southern Indiana. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)

WIND: A county commissioner in Kansas faces a recall battle after opponents raise possible conflict-of-interest concerns following his support for a wind project. (Wichita Eagle)

CARBON CAPTURE: University of Michigan researchers analyze 20 ways that carbon dioxide could be captured and reused to help reduce emissions. (Centered)

GRID: Xcel Energy customers in Wisconsin may see higher electric bills in the coming years as the utility makes grid infrastructure investments. (WEAU)

• The organizer of a northern Minnesota solar group-buying program says the program is meant to make going solar “more understandable, more affordable, and less time-consuming by doing it together.” (Hometown Focus)
• A White Earth Nation member who owns a construction company says there is an ongoing misperception about widespread tribal opposition to the Line 3 pipeline. (Star Tribune)
• The COVID-19 pandemic “continues to exacerbate issues caused by a deeply broken utility and housing system,” an environmental advocate writes. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• A Cleveland City Council member says city officials need to break off long-term power contracts that are causing municipal utility customers to overpay for service and limit clean energy investments. (

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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.