PIPELINES: Minnesota regulators deny a request to halt construction on the Line 3 pipeline. (Star Tribune)

OHIO:
• Gov. Mike DeWine considers a replacement for former Public Utilities Commission Chairman Sam Randazzo. (Cleveland.com)
• FirstEnergy has “returned to its regulated roots, but getting here has produced a lot of baggage for it to tow.” (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

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SOLAR:
• County officials approve a 75 MW solar project in southeastern Wisconsin. (Daily Reporter)
• Illinois’ solar industry is in limbo as state regulators allow retail net metering to continue in Ameren’s territory but questions remain about funding for the state’s solar program. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: A trade group says Exelon’s plan to close a northern Illinois nuclear plant would “devastate the local economy.” (WREX)

COAL: The fate of a power line connected to a large coal plant scheduled to close in 2022 in North Dakota is still undetermined. (Star Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Roughly 150 Cadillac dealerships are choosing to take buyouts from General Motors instead of investing thousands of dollars to support electric vehicles. (Detroit News)

EFFICIENCY: A federal lawmaker says appliance energy efficiency standards will be a “top priority” under the incoming Biden administration. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE: Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is a front-runner to lead the incoming Biden Administration’s domestic climate policy. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES:
• A board member of Lincoln, Nebraska’s utility says “setting a zero-carbon goal was the right thing to do to ensure our community is prepared for the future.” (Lincoln Journal Star)
• Alliant Energy’s renewable energy portfolio in Iowa in 2019 was 26.5%, up 9.9% from the year before. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Former North Dakota state Sen. Tony Grindberg will take over as principal leader for the state for Xcel Energy next year. (Inforum)

COMMENTARY:
“Clean energy is preserving” jobs for future generations on Minnesota’s Iron Range, says a former adviser with the U.S. Department of Energy. (MinnPost)
• A Republican state lawmaker in Michigan says there’s “certainly much to lose” by closing the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (Bridge Michigan)

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.