POWER PLANTS: The Minnesota Supreme Court rules that a planned $700 million natural gas plant in Superior, Wisconsin, doesn’t need further environmental review, reversing a lower court order. (Star Tribune)

ALSO: Local officials advance plans to demolish a former municipally owned coal plant in northern Indiana. (Pharos Tribune)

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SOLAR:
• Grid congestion caused by a flurry of community solar proposals south of the Twin Cities is hampering rooftop solar development in a southern Minnesota college town. (Energy News Network)
• Solar development is growing in Wisconsin, though the state’s installed capacity still pales in comparison to neighboring Minnesota. (WUWM)
• Iowa is poised to see an explosion of solar development, with roughly a dozen projects planned, as some landowners worry about the loss of farmland. (Des Moines Register, subscription)
• A recent study on state solar policies highlights attempts in Kansas to increase grid fees on rooftop solar customers. (PV Magazine)
• Advocates form a new solar cooperative buying program in a northern Ohio county. (WTOL)
• A new curriculum available to kindergarten through 8th grade students in Minnesota centers on the state’s solar industry. (Brainerd Dispatch)

PIPELINES: Environmental groups praise a ruling by Michigan regulators that it will consider climate impacts of Enbridge’s Line 5 tunnel proposal. (Bridge Michigan)

CLIMATE: As the Biden administration prepares a 50% emission-reduction goal by 2030, significant challenges remain to close the global “emissions gap” of announced targets and reductions needed to stem climate impacts. (Inside Climate News)

RENEWABLES:
• A planned 465 MW solar plus storage project near Madison, Wisconsin, would be the state’s largest renewable energy project. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• A small western Wisconsin city has made significant strides in developing renewable projects and purchasing credits to reduce its emissions. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

GRID: Supporters rally around Missouri legislation that would make it more difficult to develop transmission projects and also use eminent domain, potentially jeopardizing the Grain Belt Express project. (Missouri Times)

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WIND: County officials in Kansas distribute nearly $400,000 in revenue from a local wind project for local quality of life projects. (Blade-Empire)

COMMENTARY:
• Illinois took a “significant step” to help remediate coal ash pollution near some of the state’s best recreational areas, a columnist writes. (News-Gazette)
• An Illinois consumer advocate calls for the end of ratemaking policies that allow ComEd to automatically increase rates even after the company was involved in a bribery scandal. (Chicago Tribune)
• The Republican-led Minnesota Senate has been the primary roadblock to statewide climate action, a clean energy advocate says. (Minnesota Reformer)

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.