SOLAR: The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians seeks to ramp up solar installations at its northern Minnesota reservation while hopefully serving as a model for other tribes, officials say. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Michigan solar advocates continue to raise alarms about looming caps in some utilities’ distributed generation programs, which would create uncertainty for customers and installers. (MLive)
• County officials in northwestern Ohio say state regulators will ultimately decide whether a planned 375 MW solar project moves forward. (Lima News)
• Plans move forward for a 50 MW Otter Tail Power solar project in western Minnesota. (Fergus Falls Daily Journal)

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PIPELINES: Two Minnesota agencies approve key permits for the Line 3 pipeline reroute and expansion, and labor officials say construction could begin as early as next month after a few remaining permits are secured. (MPR News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Ford unveils the electric version of its Transit cargo van, promising business customers in particular lower long-term operational costs. (Detroit News)
• Rivian plans to start taking orders next week for its inaugural electric truck models that are being built in downstate Illinois. (Chicago Tribune) 

WIND:
• Local officials in mid-Michigan will hold a public hearing next month on proposed wind siting regulations that could pave the way for a new project. (Greenville Daily News)
• County officials in eastern Michigan seek clarification after DTE Energy sought to lower tax assessments on a wind project. (Huron Daily Tribune)

EMISSIONS: U.S. utilities that have pledged to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050 may face a tighter timeline under the Biden administration. (E&E News, subscription)

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OVERSIGHT: Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee said the agency “could have done better” by including state regulators at a previous carbon pricing conference. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY: Analysts say Peabody Energy has been “unable or unwilling to pivot to a more profitable or financially sustainable business model” as the company floats the potential for seeking bankruptcy protection again. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

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.