COAL: Arch Resources maps an “exit strategy” from thermal coal used for electricity production after another grim quarterly earnings report. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

• North Dakota regulators approve more funding for a carbon capture and storage project that supporters say would help keep open a major coal plant set to close in 2022. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Coal plants in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan are in areas predicted to face risks from water stress and thus more pressure to close. (S&P Global)

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TRANSMISSION: Opponents of a planned transmission project in Wisconsin say text messages between a former state regulator and a utility he later sought a job with raise questions of bias. (Wisconsin State Journal)

OIL & GAS: North Dakota officials consider a plan to use $16 million in federal pandemic relief funds for hydraulic fracturing projects, which critics call “totally inappropriate.” (Bismarck Tribune)

WIND: A central Illinois village and its mayor file a lawsuit seeking to halt construction of a planned wind project. (Herald & Review)

CLEAN ENERGY: A small Kansas town that rebuilt after a 2007 tornado with several clean energy projects provides a lesson for other communities. (Washington Post)

• The ongoing power plant bailout scandal is now in the spotlight of many statewide political races. (WOSU)
• Indicted former House Speaker Larry Householder has used $1 million in former campaign contributions on legal fees. (Columbus Dispatch)

EMISSIONS: Most cities that have pledged to meet goals in line with the Paris climate agreement are falling short or haven’t started to track local progress, according to a Brookings Institution report. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR: The battery storage component of a 2.55 MW solar-plus-storage Alliant Energy pilot project is now online in central Iowa. (KCCI) 

UTILITIES: AEP’s recent earnings show a rebound to 2019 levels and reflect increased demand from commercial and industrial customers after pandemic-related closures this spring. (Columbus Dispatch)

POLITICS: The candidates competing to replace Iowa Congressman Steve King have a heated debate exchange over the role of renewable energy and biofuels. (E&E News, subscription)

BIOFUELS: A group of Republican U.S. senators ask the EPA to consider a waiver that would prevent higher biofuel blending obligations for oil refiners in 2021. (Reuters)

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.