FINANCE: Missouri lawmakers approve reforms to its property assessed clean energy (PACE) program that has disproportionately burdened borrowers in predominantly Black neighborhoods. (ProPublica)

BIOGAS: California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard adopted in 2009 is helping to drive renewable natural gas projects in the Midwest, primarily based on the strength of the dairy industry. (Energy News Network)

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• North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum calls for the state to be carbon neutral by 2030 while maintaining oil and gas operations, largely through carbon capture and storage. (Dickinson Press)
• Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s long term energy plan calling for 100% carbon-free power by 2050 gets its first legislative hearing. (Capitol News Service)

COAL: Ohio’s consumer watchdog calls for the repeal of coal plant subsidies that were included in the state’s scandal-tainted power plant bailout law. (Statehouse News Bureau)

• Kansas is among the places where solar companies say utilities are challenging to the industry by attempting to impose new fees on rooftop solar customers. (The Guardian)
• Ameren Missouri is partnering with the St. Louis Habitat for Humanity to install several neighborhood solar projects. (KMOV)

UTILITIES: FirstEnergy is exploring selling off the assets of some of its subsidiaries after its role in a power plant bailout scandal damaged its financial position. (Reuters)

RENEWABLES: Ohio legislation that would give local governments authority to approve wind and solar projects gets a major rewrite that would let townships set aside certain areas for development. (Farm and Dairy) 

EFFICIENCY: Missouri researchers are using fiber optic sensors to save energy and lower the costs of steel production. (Centered)

• Enbridge and U.S. and Canadian business groups argue that shutting down the Line 5 pipeline would trigger energy emergencies in both countries similar to what has played out during the Colonial pipeline’s closure from a cyberattack. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• Wednesday marked the first of several days of protests planned near the Straits of Mackinac over Enbridge’s continued operation of Line 5. (Michigan Radio)
• The CEO of the Dakota Access pipeline owner says the project has also faced unsuccessful cyberattacks, which are a growing threat to the pipeline industry. (Bismarck Tribune)

NUCLEAR: A Wisconsin nuclear plant sold to a new owner will be decommissioned in 10 years instead of the 40 to 50 years that was originally planned. (Green Bay Press Gazette)

• Ohio is among 23 states considering legislation to preempt cities from limiting new or existing natural gas hookups. (Marietta Times)
• Ohio House lawmakers pass a budget bill that includes language to “promote” oil and gas development, exploration and production while making it easier to lease mineral rights on state land. (Farm and Dairy)

WIND: A company advances plans to invest $250 million to repower an Illinois wind project, which is expected to boost output by 60% by the end of 2022. (Windpower Engineering & Development)

TRANSPORTATION: A business coalition urges Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to join an agreement with other states to ensure at least 30% of all new trucks and buses sold by 2030 are zero emissions. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: Despite Minnesota’s large Democratic base, the state’s fossil fuel industry continues to have a strong influence on public policy, a climate advocate says. (Minnesota Reformer)

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.