TRANSMISSION: Grid operator MISO is finalizing a plan that could lead to more transmission projects and settle cost allocation disputes by splitting its footprint into northern and southern regions, though the plan is subject to federal approval. (Canary Media)

CLIMATE: Voters in Ann Arbor, Michigan will consider a ballot question next November on whether to create a 20-year tax to fund climate initiatives. (MLive)

WIND:
• Opponents of a proposed pilot offshore wind project in Lake Erie argue before the Ohio Supreme Court that regulators lacked sufficient bird and bat research when approving permits for the project. (Cleveland.com, subscription)
• NextEra Energy is wrapping up the second phase of a western Iowa wind project that will produce up to 200 MW of power. (Carroll Times Herald)
• Local officials in western Iowa advance work on a countywide wind energy ordinance to ensure property taxes can be collected on future projects. (KCAU)

COAL: Citing city policy, Chicago officials will not release a watchdog’s full report on the botched removal of a coal plant implosion in 2020 that caused a plume of dust to cover the Little Village neighborhood. (Chicago Sun-Times)

SOLAR:
• Strained diplomatic relations with China and supply chain bottlenecks are stalling two large DTE Energy solar projects in Michigan. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• County officials in southwestern Iowa will take more time to discuss a proposed solar zoning ordinance after details of the most recent version were only recently available to elected officials. (KMALand)

UTILITIES:
• Consumer advocates say utilities’ corporate giving derived from ratepayer funds is often linked with political agendas and aligns to the companies’ business strategy. (KMUW)
• An Ohio State University researcher explains how a deregulated market forces some Ohio ratepayers to pay “all sorts of riders” on their electric bills that allow utilities to recoup more through supplemental revenues. (WYSO)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors opens a dealership in Los Angeles for its electric delivery and logistics company to help further commercialize its electric fleet vehicles. (Detroit News)

BIOFUELS: The Biden administration’s rejection of dozens of oil refiners’ requests to be exempted from biofuel blending requirements while proposing to dial back ethanol production targets has generated mixed reactions in the biofuels community. (Radio Iowa)

OIL & GAS: Tight coal supplies and coal plant closures in grid operator MISO’s territory could boost the market share for natural gas this winter. (S&P Global)

BIOGAS: An Iowa organic waste recycling facility produces renewable natural gas while handling 30 to 40 tons of food waste per day. (WQAD)

Andy Balaskovitz

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.