ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A used electric vehicle dealer in Minnesota says sales dropped off at the start of the pandemic and it’s been much harder to reach customers who aren’t already motivated to buy an electric vehicle. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian hires a design engineer from General Motors in the latest sign of large automakers losing talent to startups. (Detroit Free Press)
• Tesla, Volkswagen and Ford each signal plans to build bigger, cargo-hauling electric vehicles. (E&E News, subscription)

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WIND:
The Nature Conservancy identifies more than 140,000 square miles of land across 17 central U.S. states where wind development would have minimal impact on wildlife. (Yale Climate Connections)
• North Dakota regulators approve plans for a 200 MW wind project after rejecting the proposal last year over wildlife concerns. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR:
• After building momentum over the past two years, Illinois’ solar industry is quickly falling off due to the pandemic and a lack of state funding for key programs. (E&E News, subscription)
• County officials in southern Illinois approve plans for a public-private solar project. (Premier Broadcasting)
Ohio is among locations where Williams Co. plans to install solar projects at its natural gas processing and shipping locations. (The Oklahoman)
• Duke Energy plants pollinator species around its 1.6 MW solar project near Purdue University in Indiana. (Renews.biz)

UTILITIES: Indiana consumer advocates and at least one mayor criticize utilities for attempting to recover costs from customers for lost sales during the pandemic. (Statehousefile.com, Indianapolis Business Journal)

COAL: The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts a 25% drop in U.S. coal production this year. (S&P Global)

PIPELINES: Illinois regulators last week rejected a request by environmental groups to delay a decision on the Dakota Access pipeline expansion. (Reuters)

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BIOFUELS: More than 40 lawmakers from mostly Midwest states urge the Trump administration to decline issuing blanket waivers for biofuel blending requirements. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: Expanded tax credits for renewable energy, stronger energy efficiency programs and building electric vehicle infrastructure are ways to boost clean energy jobs in response to the pandemic, advocates say. (Environmental Defense Fund)

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.