UTILITIES: Ameren Missouri joins a small group of utilities tying a portion of top management bonuses to the company’s progress on clean energy. (Energy News Network)

• Wisconsin’s share of power coming from renewables declined slightly since 2018 as utilities replaced retiring coal units with natural gas, though plans are in place to increase solar. (S&P Global)
• Alliant Energy brings online a 730 MW natural gas plant with an adjacent 6 MW solar installation in southern Wisconsin. (Argus Media)

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POLICY: Minnesota lawmakers are poised to pass bills that would overhaul the state’s energy efficiency program and invest $60 million in clean energy projects with nuclear waste storage fees. (MinnPost)

SOLAR: The U.S. solar industry has lost 65,000 jobs due to the pandemic, erasing five years of job gains, according to an industry group’s analysis. (Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR: A spike in positive COVID-19 cases among workers at a southeastern Michigan nuclear plant is complicating plans to refuel the facility. (Toledo Blade)

OIL & GAS: As oil production declines in North Dakota, two test wells have been drilled for potential carbon capture and storage projects. (Bismarck Tribune)

• Activists want demolition at a former coal plant in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood to halt until it’s safe to do so after the pandemic. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• Indiana regulators launch proceedings into Duke Energy’s use of self-committing coal plants. (RTO Insider, subscription)

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• A 242 MW wind project comes online in northwestern Missouri. (ReNews)
• Developers are repowering an Iowa wind project that will use fewer but larger turbines to generate the same amount of electricity. (Clear Lake Mirror Reporter)

BIOFUELS: Biofuel advocates want federal officials to loosen restrictions on producing hand sanitizer as a way to help the industry during the pandemic. (E&E News, subscription)

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.