Editor’s note: Midwest Energy News is taking an extended break for the holidays. We’ll return on Jan. 3. Thanks for reading and see you in the new year!

COAL: As an Illinois coal plant owner shares a required coal ash cleanup plan, some worry that older, “legacy” coal ash deposits not covered under state and federal laws might pose a greater risk for groundwater contamination and redevelopment plans. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• A Great Lakes intertribal agency says Wisconsin’s draft environmental review for a planned Line 5 reroute around tribal land is incomplete and flawed. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• The Iowa chapter of the Sierra Club and landowners push back against claims in support of a proposed carbon dioxide pipeline. (WHO-13)

GRID:
• A Michigan conservation group calls for an investigation of DTE Energy and Consumers Energy over multiple widespread power outages this year. (Michigan Radio)
• Michigan receives $95 million in federal grants and loans that will in part be used to improve electricity access in rural parts of the state. (Daily Mining Gazette)
• Grid operator MISO faces a looming capacity shortfall in 2024 amid coal plant retirements, according to the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (Utility Dive)

EMISSIONS: The Biden administration finalizes a rule to cut tailpipe emissions from new cars and light trucks. (Washington Post)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• General Motors extends a production halt on its Chevrolet Bolt amid an ongoing recall involving fires with battery modules. (Reuters)
• About $1 million in Volkswagen diesel emission scandal funding remains to install more publicly available electric vehicle chargers in South Dakota. (South Dakota Public Broadcasting)

SOLAR:
• A municipal utility in central Iowa considers buying power from a new solar project that could meet up to 30% of its electricity needs. (Independent Advocate)
• Four solar projects are in varying stages of development in a southern Ohio county. (WKKJ)

EFFICIENCY:
• Kansas City utility Evergy proposes plans for energy efficiency programs that the utility says could save ratepayers $42 million. (Kansas Reflector)
• A recent clean energy policy scorecard produces a mixed bag of results for six Ohio cities as some improved slightly while others held steady or slipped in rankings. (Ohio Capital Journal)

RENEWABLES: A major metro Detroit hospital system will meet about 10% of its future power needs with renewables under a new agreement with DTE Energy. (MLive)

COMMENTARY: An Illinois Institute of Technology researcher says microgrids could change the lives of millions of people worldwide who struggle to access electricity. (Energy News Network)

Questions or comments about this article? Contact us at editor@energynews.us.

Avatar photo

Andy Balaskovitz

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.