Correction: An Appalachian infrastructure plan could bring 235,000 jobs per year to Ohio over the next decade, according to a recent study. An item in yesterday’s email misstated the number.

NATURAL GAS: A coalition of Minnesota clean energy and environmental advocates launches a campaign to shift public opinion on natural gas, arguing that it is neither a clean or cheap alternative to coal. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• NIPSCO plans three large-scale solar and battery storage projects totaling 900 MW in northwestern Indiana in the coming years. (Times of Northwest Indiana)
• A northern Michigan city continues to pursue a small-scale solar demonstration project ahead of larger renewable energy commitments. (Petoskey News-Review)

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UTILITIES: If passed by voters next month, a ballot initiative in Columbus, Ohio, would create the state’s largest community aggregation program and significantly boost renewable energy purchases. (Energy News Network)

OHIO:
• FirstEnergy argues that ratepayers can’t pursue a class action lawsuit against the company for allegedly conspiring with state lawmakers on power plant subsidies because the subsidies haven’t taken effect. (Bloomberg Law, subscription)
• The whistleblower who helped uncover the alleged bribery scheme speaks out: “If I had the opportunity I would do it again 1,000 times over.” (WOSU)
• Environmental groups schedule three virtual public forums over the next week to keep pressure on lawmakers to repeal HB 6. (Columbus Dispatch)

CLIMATE: Negative health effects associated with climate change are expected to worsen in Wisconsin without efforts to curb the global situation, researchers say. (Wisconsin Examiner)

BIOFUELS: Iowa officials reach a settlement with a shuttered ethanol plant that lets the company off the hook for millions of dollars in tax incentives. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR:
• A Northern Illinois University analysis says shutting down Exelon’s Byron nuclear plant would cost 2,300 direct and indirect jobs. (WTVO)
• A southwestern Michigan nuclear plant set for decommissioning in two years is back online after its final refueling and maintenance outage. (Power Engineering)

RENEWABLES: A Minnesota family living off the grid heats their home with wood, pumps well water with a wind turbine and uses solar panels for the small amount of electricity consumed. (Yale Climate Connections)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors is among seven auto companies planning to roll out new electric pickup trucks over the next two years. (Associated Press)

GRID: Michigan officials mark the first year of an extensive grid-planning initiative that has already led to new orders and draft rules for interconnection standards. (Daily Energy Insider)

COMMENTARY: Efforts to discredit climate science underscore the need for “sound, science-based, interdisciplinary climate-change education and training of teachers,” says the executive director of a Minnesota climate advocacy organization. (Duluth News Tribune)

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.