PIPELINES: A federal judge upholds a ruling against the Keystone XL pipeline but revises it to allow a disputed federal permitting program for stream and wetland crossings to be used again for electric transmission projects. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• Joe Biden’s campaign doesn’t respond to questions about his position on the Line 3 pipeline project in Minnesota, which several of his former primary challengers opposed. (MinnPost)
• An environmental group in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula will host a virtual meeting tonight with a tribal official and a retired federal wildlife biologist on permitting for the Line 5 pipeline. (WLUC)

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OIL & GAS:
• The Trump administration moves to block a Washington state law that imposed safety restrictions on oil transported by rail from the Bakken region. (Associated Press)
• The Mayo Clinic’s investment in a Texas oil and gas firm loses more than $45 million in the first quarter due to the pandemic. (Rochester Post Bulletin)

COAL:
• North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum expresses disappointment at the planned closing of Great River Energy’s 1,151 MW Coal Creek Station plant, vowing a “path forward … that preserves high-paying jobs.” (Utility Dive)
• The parent company of two North Dakota ethanol plants that use steam and water from Coal Creek is evaluating its next steps. (Bismarck Tribune)

WIND: The first turbine is installed at a 600 MW wind project in Missouri and Kansas that the developer says will be operational next year. (Joplin Globe)

SOLAR:
• County officials in central Iowa plan to introduce an ordinance allowing for more widespread use of solar energy on agricultural land, which could be a model across the state. (Fort Dodge Messenger)
• A Purdue University-affiliated solar company installs solar projects on Indiana farms to help offset power costs. (Inside Indiana Business)

NUCLEAR: The future of Exelon’s Illinois nuclear plants is unclear as state lawmakers are unable to meet to consider plans of withdrawing from PJM’s capacity market. (RTO Insider, subscription)

OVERSIGHT: Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ most recent appointment to the state’s Public Service Commission could build support for clean energy projects. (Shepherd Express)

EMISSIONS: Declines in traffic and industrial activity during the pandemic has lowered nitrogen dioxide emissions in the Twin Cities. (WCCO)

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UTILITIES: Madison, Wisconsin-based utility Alliant Energy reports a 5% decline in sales due to the pandemic, though first quarter profits are up compared to the same time last year. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COMMENTARY: A Minnesota solar installer says pandemic stimulus funds should be directed at clean energy to create jobs, bolster rural economies and resolve air pollution disparities for low-income communities. (MinnPost)

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.