COAL: An Indianapolis Power & Light coal plant has had more than 120 permit violations in the past three years, the most of any facility in the state, and critics say a compliance plan and fines are not enough. (Indianapolis Star)

• Organizers protest as the demolition of a former coal plant resumes in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood after a previous attempt covered the community in dust. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• DTE Energy ranks second in a recent Union of Concerned Scientists analysis of uneconomic coal plants, and while the utility disputes the findings, the report’s author says they’re based on the company’s own data. (MiBiz)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Xcel Energy has several programs under development in Minnesota that are designed to incentivize off-peak charging. (Utility Dive)

• Developers are planning two redevelopment projects with a strong focus on energy efficiency in an effort to revitalize downtown Gary, Indiana. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• Energy efficiency could play a key role in limiting energy usage as recreational marijuana growing expands in the Midwest. (Yale Climate Connections)

• A parking canopy with solar panels helps a company become the first healthcare facility in Indiana to reach net zero energy usage. (WFIE)
• A central Illinois city will add 500 kW of solar power next month to its energy portfolio. (Effingham Daily News)

BIOFUELS: Minnesota’s biofuels industry begins to rebound as plants reopen or increase production after the pandemic caused a sharp drop in demand. (Star Tribune)

CLIMATE: Tribes in northern Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin approach climate change adaptation with traditional values of relationship building and observation. (Yale Climate Connections)

UTILITIES: Consumers Energy CEO Patti Poppe is among a panel of utility leaders discussing increased customer engagement and faster technology shifts as a result of the pandemic. (Daily Energy Insider)

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TRANSPORTATION: U.S. House Democrats sponsor an updated $494 billion transportation funding bill that includes $350 million for EV charging and hydrogen fueling stations. (Smart Cities Dive)

COMMENTARY: A columnist says North Dakota officials should prepare to embrace the wind industry as the planned closure of the Coal Creek Station could result in coal-sector job losses. (Inforum)

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.