GRID: Minnesota utilities are pursuing renewable energy projects near former fossil fuel plants where they can more easily connect to the transmission system and avoid long interconnection delays. (Energy News Network)

• North Dakota can continue to seek reimbursement from the federal government for millions of dollars spent policing Dakota Access pipeline protests, a federal judge rules. (Associated Press)
• Line 5 pipeline protesters were alone and unencumbered for at least an hour at an emergency valve site in eastern Michigan because of a law enforcement delay. (Detroit News)

• State regulators say an environmental impact statement isn’t necessary for a planned 300 MW solar and 165 MW battery storage project in southern Wisconsin. (News & Independent)
• A developer secures financing for a 149 MW solar project in Michigan that will produce power for Consumers Energy and DTE Energy. (PV Magazine)

• A 100% federal clean energy target by 2035 could spur up to $94 billion annually in clean energy investments to build nearly 1,000 gigawatts of wind and solar, according to an analysis. (S&P Global)
• Some Ohio farmers oppose a county’s plan to increase restrictions on wind and solar development: “We don’t want our rights restricted as to what we can use our land for.” (WOSU)

• University of Michigan researchers seek to take the principles of cow digestion to make anaerobic digesters run more efficiently and to accept more feedstocks. (Centered)
• A utility completes a 33-mile pipeline in Ohio to transport landfill gas to a larger pipeline system. (Natural Gas Intelligence)
• The University of Iowa is experimenting with a variety of biomass feedstocks that could produce enough steam to keep campus buildings operating as the school’s power plant transitions from coal. (Daily Iowan)

CLIMATE: Loyola University in Chicago announces plans to divest its financial holdings in fossil fuel companies. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

• Michigan Republicans propose a bill that would allow industrial electric customers to choose their power supplier while requiring most of the generation to be produced in-state. (MiBiz)
• Michigan’s two major utilities plan to increase investments in tree trimming to avoid more widespread outages like those seen this year, but a top Republican lawmaker is encouraging more spending. (Detroit News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Indiana business leaders say the state’s strong auto manufacturing sector and supply chain positions it well for electric vehicle investments. (Inside Indiana Business)

• A Canadian environmental advocate says the country’s move to invoke a 1977 treaty to keep Line 5 open prioritizes the “financial interests of a fossil fuel giant over what’s best for Canadians.” (Toronto Star)
• The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has needed reforms for years as it “repeatedly rubber stamped questionable rate hikes” for FirstEnergy, long before the utility’s involvement in a scandal to bail out its uneconomic power plants, an editorial board writes. (Toledo Blade)

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.