• Under a new filing by grid operator MISO, Upper Peninsula ratepayers would be on the hook for nearly $50 million in costs to operate aging coal plants there in 2014-2015. (Midwest Energy News)
• Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton vows to appeal last week’s appeals court ruling against the state’s law restrictions on importing coal-fired electricity. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

• North Dakota regulators approve a $153 million, 100-megawatt wind project and associated transmission line. (Associated Press)
• Opponents and supports gear up for a second attempt at gaining regulatory approval in Missouri for the Grain Belt Express transmission project. (Columbia Daily Tribune)

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• A solar project at Michigan State University may be in jeopardy after local officials reject the developer’s request for a 25-year tax abatement. (Lansing State Journal)
• A Wisconsin electric co-op is sponsoring an initiative that demonstrates solar power at schools. (Winona Daily News)
• Minnesota landowners claim a nearby solar project is reducing their property values. (Marshall Independent)
• Construction begins on a portion of what will be a 100-megawatt solar project spread across multiple sites in Minnesota. (Willmar Radio)
• The former head of an Illinois solar startup is sentenced to 15 months in jail for cheating a U.S. Energy Department grant program. (Great Lakes Echo)
• Local officials unveil a new solar installation at the downtown convention center in South Bend, Indiana. (Inside Indiana Business)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Major U.S. car companies are turning to a Chicago-based startup to develop cheaper and longer-lasting electric car batteries. (Chicago Tribune)

RENEWABLES: Ratepayers of an Ohio municipal utility will see $2.2 million in rebates from the sale of renewable energy credits. (Energy Manager Today)

NUCLEAR: Exelon formally notifies federal nuclear regulators that it will close two of its Illinois plants in 2017 and 2018. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

FRACKING: A law professor says she is frustrated that opponents of the Obama administration’s fracking rules misinterpreted her work in fighting against the policy. (E&E Daily)

BIOFUELS: A Minnesota ethanol plant is fined nearly $40,000 for environmental violations. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Coal companies are leaving behind mining sites in the Illinois basin that could harm the ecosystem and local watershed. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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.

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