COAL: The coronavirus pandemic has worsened already high unemployment rates in Ohio coal communities that were struggling with the industry’s downturn. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A coal ash removal plan at five sites in northwestern Indiana has raised health and environmental concerns, particularly for communities of color. (Associated Press)

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HYDROELECTRIC: The operator of a mid-Michigan dam that broke Tuesday, causing severe flooding, had its hydroelectric license revoked in 2018 by federal energy regulators due to numerous safety violations. (Detroit News)

PIPELINES: The premier of Alberta, Canada, says he is prepared for court challenges if Joe Biden is elected and follows through on a pledge to revoke a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. (Calgary Herald)

UTILITIES: A shareholder group wants Wisconsin utility Madison Gas and Electric to appoint a board member with environmental health expertise who will promote the benefits of clean energy. (WUWM)

EFFICIENCY: Consumers Energy is giving away 100,000 Google Nest thermostats to customers to help conserve power during the pandemic. (MLive)

CLIMATE: While Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has gained public support for his COVID-19 response and following scientific consensus, his approach to climate change has been less consistent. (Grist)

Geronimo Energy proposes a 128 MW solar project in western South Dakota. (KELO)
• A Kansas City suburb adopts an ordinance requiring new commercial and residential structures to be designed with a roof and electrical system that support solar arrays. (Shawnee Mission Post)
• An Ohio school district considers a solar power contract that would save it $1.5 million over 20 years. (Fulton County Expositor)

TRANSPORTATION: Kansas City, Missouri, is among the first cities to pilot zero-fare transit in an effort to drive up ridership of public transportation. (Environment Missouri)

OIL & GAS: Google says it will no longer build artificial intelligence tools for speeding up oil and gas extraction following pressure from Greenpeace. (Associated Press)

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GRID: A proposed minimum offer price rule could increase costs for customers in grid operator PJM’s territory by up to $2.6 billion annually, according to a recent analysis. (Utility Dive)

• The president and CEO of FirstEnergy responds to a recent editorial, saying it falsely linked the utility with a now unaffiliated company and showed “blatant smear tactics.” (Toledo Blade)
• Bankruptcy filings show Murray Energy paid nearly $1 million last year to a law firm that has fought wind and solar development in Ohio, a watchdog group reports. (Energy and Policy Institute)

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.