ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Charging stations are so far concentrated in Chicago’s affluent neighborhoods, which advocates say poses an impediment to the city’s clean energy transition. (Energy News Network)

HYDROELECTRIC:
• Wisconsin conservation groups embrace hydroelectricity as the “original” renewable energy as the state pursues climate targets. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• A Wisconsin college backs out of the operation of a hydroelectric dam, citing high operating costs and a lack of expertise. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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UTILITIES:
• Xcel Energy has two rate proposals pending in Minnesota that are complicated by the pandemic and flagging commercial power sales. (Star Tribune)
• A St. Louis-area natural gas company looks to increase rates to continue building off $1 billion in recent infrastructure improvements. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

OHIO: Some state lawmakers want to delay yet preserve subsidies for two nuclear plants for their carbon free and “baseload” power. (WKSU)

COAL: Indiana has insufficient plans to clean up contaminated coal ash storage sites, an environmental group’s recent report says. (Chicago Tribune)

SOLAR:
• A Michigan agency pursues land that would be suitable for large-scale solar projects. (Interlochen Public Radio)
• Invenergy pursues plans for a 250 MW solar project near Columbus, Ohio. (Columbus Dispatch)

GRID: Consumer advocates in Illinois and other states consider legislative options to oppose federal regulators’ recent minimum offer price rule. (Utility Dive)

RENEWABLES: Midwest renewable energy developers continue to pursue projects despite challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Telegraph Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• A statewide cap on participation in distributed generation programs is limiting Michigan’s second largest city from investing in solar power, a former mayor says. (Bridge Michigan)
• Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine should name a “pro-consumer” replacement for Sam Randazzo to the state’s Public Utilities Commission, an editorial board says. (Cleveland.com)

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.