ADVOCACY: The decade-old nonprofit Soulardarity in Highland Park near Detroit has built up expertise and influence with local officials on clean energy issues. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains its position under the Biden administration that the Dakota Access pipeline should not shut down during an environmental review. (Reuters)
• Environmental groups sue the Army Corps of Engineers over its streamlined permitting program reauthorized by the Trump administration that allows pipelines to cross rivers, streams and wetlands. (E&E News, subscription)

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SOLAR:
• An Indiana county considers local zoning regulations for utility-scale solar after a state bill calling for uniform rules failed to pass. (News Sun)
• A central Illinois county explores adding solar panels to two county-owned buildings to help reduce electricity costs. (WGLT)
• Developers propose a 100 MW solar project in northern Indiana. (WNDU)
• American Electric Power signs a long-term agreement for 480 MW of power from the first phase of a massive $1 billion solar project planned in Indiana. (E&E News, subscription)

GRID: A company begins replacing underwater transmission cables in the Straits of Mackinac that were damaged by an anchor strike three years ago. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: The U.S. nuclear fleet includes several plants at risk of early retirement in the coming years as carbon emission reductions are a high priority on the national agenda. (S&P Global)

COAL:
• A major electric cooperative power supplier supports plans to offer co-ops coal debt relief even though a national trade group hasn’t taken a position on such a policy. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• Environmental groups say Evergy’s long-term energy plan has key clean energy components but takes too long to fully retire its coal generation. (Missouri Independent)

OVERSIGHT: A Missouri state senator is working on multiple bills that she says would give state regulators more oversight of monopoly utilities to benefit ratepayers. (Missouri Times)

POLITICS: A progressive Democrat seeking to fill the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri makes climate change a key part of his platform. (Kansas City Star)

EFFICIENCY: Ameren Illinois helps a city convert nearly 2,000 streetlights to LEDs to help reduce electricity costs. (WCIA)

COMMENTARY:
• Michigan would benefit from the Biden administration’s proposed American Jobs Plan with investments in high-voltage transmission lines to bolster the power grid, a state senator writes. (Bridge Michigan)
• A Missouri schools superintendent says the Grain Belt Express transmission project would benefit rural students through tax windfalls, energy savings and reliability. (Missouri Times)
• Enbridge waited more than a year to disclose to Wisconsin officials that one of its pipelines leaked 1,200 gallons of a petroleum substance, which “should be a wakeup call” as groups challenge the company across the Midwest, a retired project manager writes. (Wisconsin Watch)

Andy Balaskovitz

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.