SOLAR: A surge in community solar proposals and interconnection requests in Minnesota intensifies renewable energy developers’ complaints about costs and delays when attempting to connect with Xcel Energy’s system. (Energy News Network)

• Local officials approve plans for a 1 MW community solar project in southwestern Minnesota, though interconnection delays may stall the project. (Marshall Independent)
• A 127.5 MW solar project in Iowa, the state’s largest, began commercial operations last month. (Solar Power World)
• Subscriptions are now available for the public to join a 1.4 MW community solar project in southeastern Minnesota. (Northfield News)
• A 2.1 MW solar project is expected to save a northern Illinois county about $160,000 a year in electricity costs over the life of the project. (Solar Builder)

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• Ohio officials estimate that it could take decades to cap upwards of 100,000 abandoned oil and gas wells in the state. (Checks & Balances Project)
• About 3,000 barrels of water used in oil and gas production leaked from a North Dakota pipeline that officials say likely had external corrosion. (Inforum)

COAL: The head of the United Mine Workers of America is skeptical that a “just transition” from coal is possible as the Biden administration plans to announce more aggressive emission-reduction targets. (Ohio Valley ReSource)

CLIMATE: Minnesota’s most populous county approves an updated climate action plan that includes more than 200 strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Star Tribune)

WIND: DTE Energy takes ownership of 455 MW of wind power across three projects in Michigan, two of which are the state’s largest. (North American Windpower)

RENEWABLES: A Minnesota municipal utility plans to purchase renewable energy credits to reach 100% net zero carbon emissions this year. (Hutchinson Leader)

BIOFUELS: Cargill and Love’s form a joint venture that includes building a new biodiesel plant in Nebraska and marketing renewable fuels across the U.S. (Reuters)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Consumers Energy plans to issue rebates for 200 fast-charging electric vehicle stations in Michigan by 2024. (MiBiz)

COMMENTARY: Ohio needs community solar legislation to help rural residents maintain their property while earning a steady income, a family farmer writes. (

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.