• The Illinois House is expected to consider a sweeping energy bill tomorrow that could prevent two Exelon nuclear plants from closing while also prioritizing renewable energy and utility ethics reforms. (Reuters)
• A Wisconsin judge will allow a demolition contractor to participate in a regulatory case involving the decommissioning of a nuclear plant, which the contractor says it could accomplish at a lower cost. (Wisconsin State Journal)

• A research project in Iowa seeks to create a business model for monetizing carbon sequestration at solar project sites by incorporating crops that store significant carbon underground. (Energy News Network)
• A mining company in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula proposes a 150 MW solar project on a 1,080-acre parcel currently used for recreational purposes. (MLive)
• NextEra Energy is considering a large-scale solar project in eastern Wisconsin, though local residents want more details. (Green Bay Press Gazette)
• Consumers Energy expects to purchase power from four new solar projects set to come online next year that total more than 100 MW. (MiBiz)
• A western Michigan county is set to consider solar regulations that address glare, setback distances and decommissioning. (Ludington Daily News)

• A Chicago scholar recently hired into Loyola University’s School of Environmental Sustainability hopes his new position will help advance climate research into public policy action. (Energy News Network)
• A University of Michigan environmental justice researcher says the global climate crisis has been caused by a gradual breakdown in relationships, and to solve the problem those relationships must be fixed first. (Grist)

AIR POLLUTION: Environmental groups call on officials in Springfield, Illinois to establish a pollution-related alert system following a recent ash cloud that spread from a coal plant. (State Journal-Register)

• An Ohio agency plans to search for orphan oil wells after a dormant well dating back to the 1930s was recently found to be leaking into a state-owned lake. (Columbus Dispatch)
• A federal appeals court denies a natural gas company’s request to reconsider a June ruling requiring the company to shut down a natural gas pipeline in St. Louis. (Reuters)
• The Indiana Department of Natural Resources joins environmental groups in raising concerns about a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run underneath the Ohio River. (WFYI)

TRANSPORTATION: Chicago is among three U.S. cities to receive a $100,000 grant to support local partners working to achieve 100% zero-emissions commercial vehicles in their cities by 2030. (Smart Cities Dive)

UTILITIES: Wisconsin utility Madison Gas and Electric agrees to reduce flat monthly fees charged to all electricity customers, bringing it in line with other utilities in the region. (Wisconsin State Journal)

• An Indiana clean energy advocate says Duke Energy’s upcoming long-term energy plan should include the early retirement of its coal plants. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)
• An Illinois energy bill could not only speed up the closure of fossil fuel plants but also “deliver good jobs and a small measure of accountability for Commonwealth Edison,” a columnist says. (Better Government Association)

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.