COAL: Advocates say Illinois lacks adequate regulations on limiting the spread of pollutants as a growing number of coal plants are demolished. (St. Louis Public Radio)

ALSO: Private equity firms are increasingly buying and profiting from old coal plants that are paid to remain online to maintain reliability during high demand periods. (Reuters)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Minnesota environmental groups express dismay as the state’s largest transit agency seeks to purchase 143 biodiesel buses instead of electric models. (Star Tribune)
• A coalition of six utilities including American Electric Power pledge to build out an electric vehicle fast-charging network along major U.S. highways. (Reuters)
• AES Indiana files plans with state regulators to offer rebates and incentives to customers purchasing electric vehicles. (Indiana Business Journal)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s proposed budget includes funding to hire more people to enforce emissions standards, particularly in high-pollution areas. (MinnPost)

SOLAR:
• A solar group-buying program helps St. Louis-area residents reduce the upfront cost of rooftop installations. (St. Louis Magazine)
• A Wisconsin city purchases a 7-acre parcel of land to build a solar project that would power its wastewater treatment facility. (WSAW)
• A Kansas City-area KOA campground installs a solar array to supply power to  guests with RVs. (news release)
• Advocates say a new fee in Bowling Green, Ohio, is discouraging rooftop solar installations. (Toledo Blade)

BIOGAS: Missouri researchers are examining the potential to turn biowaste like food scraps and manure into renewable natural gas to power vehicles. (Centered)

OIL & GAS:
• North Dakota regulators consider a request by Montana-Dakota Utilities to increase natural gas rates to replace aging infrastructure. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Nebraska regulators will intervene in the February price spikes expected on upcoming bills for customers of private natural gas companies. (Omaha World-Herald)

CLIMATE:
• U.S. House Democrats unveil legislation to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 with benchmarks starting for utilities in 2023. (Detroit News)
• A city outside of Indianapolis releases a climate action plan that officials say will require participation from households and businesses. (Inside Indiana Business)

PIPELINES: The brother of one of President Biden’s top advisers is now lobbying for the company attempting to build the Keystone XL pipeline. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: A Wisconsin state senator urges federal regulators to extend the operating license of a nuclear plant along Lake Michigan through 2050. (Seehafer News)

COMMENTARY: Ratepayers would benefit by closing the uneconomic Prairie State coal plant in Illinois, clean energy advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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.