EQUITY: People of color are more at risk of utility disconnections, add-on utility fees and inefficient housing, yet Ohio regulators and utilities aren’t collecting data on whether these disparities are widening. (Energy News Network)

HOUSING: An energy-efficient, affordable housing development in Chicago moves forward despite the loss of architect Michael Sorkin to COVID-19, who had forged a partnership with the local nonprofit Blacks in Green. (Energy News Network)

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PIPELINES:
Enbridge argues in court that federal regulators — not the state of Michigan — have the authority to close the Line 5 pipeline. (Detroit Free Press)
• The Michigan Public Service Commission denies Enbridge’s request for expedited approval of a plan to build a tunnel for the pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (Bridge Magazine)

MICROGRIDS: A planned microgrid project could help anchor a clean energy job training center in an underserved and racially diverse Minneapolis neighborhood. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS: The North Dakota Supreme Court sides with state regulators that issued a permit for a proposed oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. (Bismarck Tribune)

POLICY: U.S. House Democrats unveil a sweeping climate change plan that includes requiring utilities to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and automakers to produce only electric vehicles by 2035. (Washington Post)

SOLAR: Major solar projects play lead roles in two Minnesota utilities’ plans to boost investments to help jumpstart economic activity after the pandemic. (MinnPost)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A panel issues a statewide strategy for electric vehicle charging in Ohio that includes having charging stations available every 50 miles of interstate. (WKBN)
• MidAmerican Energy installs the first electric vehicle fast-charging station in its network in northeastern Iowa. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

GRID: MISO will expand research on transmission capacity needs in the Upper Midwest after utilities behind the CapX2050 study seek to make transmission a priority in the region. (RTO Insider)

BIOFUELS: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signs a bill lowering the state tax on gasoline blended with ethanol, which she said is good for consumers, farmers and the biofuels industry. (Radio Iowa)

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RENEWABLES: Facebook plans to build an $800 million data center in northern Illinois that will be powered by 100% renewable energy. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: The director of the Wisconsin chapter of the Sierra Club calls for the state to permanently shut down Line 5 as environmental groups and tribes make similar demands in Michigan. (Wisconsin Examiner)

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.