POLICY: Illinois legislation backed by Ameren focuses on utility-scale solar in the southern part of the state that the utility could own. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Efforts to address climate change and the clean energy sector are among the factors delaying a $1 trillion stimulus bill in Congress to address the economic impacts of the coronavirus. (NPR)

COAL:
• Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signs legislation meant to temporarily delay coal plant closures, requiring utilities to give six months notice of planned retirements. (Bloomberg Environment, subscription)
• Murray Energy cancels a bankruptcy auction after it receives no qualified bids for its coal assets. (S&P Global)

UTILITIES: DTE Energy suspends all non-critical infrastructure and maintenance work to protect workers and help stop the spread of the coronavirus. (CBS Detroit)

GRID:
• Grid operators and utilities say it’s too early to determine the impact of widespread closures on the grid, but some are already seeing a drop in power demand. (Utility Dive)
• Analysts say a drop in power demand could force utilities to scale back grid investments, delay new power plant projects and put more pressure on aging plants already struggling to compete. (E&E News, subscription)

RENEWABLES: A researcher from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is helping his hometown find low-cost renewable energy options. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette)

BIOGAS: A waste and recycling company plans a landfill gas-to-energy plant in southern Indiana. (Seymour Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The oncoming recession and tanking oil prices suggest major challenges ahead for electric vehicle sales. (Grist)

BIOFUELS: A group representing small oil refineries predict dire consequences for its members as the White House signals it may not appeal a court ruling limiting the U.S. EPA’s ability to waive blending requirements. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• An Indiana editorial board thanks state lawmakers for modifying a bill to limit the potentially harmful impacts of delaying the state’s transition from coal. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)
• A former North Dakota lieutenant governor says the state is well-positioned to protect coal workers and communities from harm as it transitions from coal. (Minot Daily News)

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.