WIND:
• Turbines are being repowered with newer, larger blades far ahead of their original life expectancies as utilities and developers take advantage of technology improvements and tax credits. (Energy News Network)
• County planners in mid-Michigan host a lengthy meeting as they revisit local wind turbine siting regulations. (Greenville Daily News)

PIPELINES: The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa says crude oil carried through Line 5 could be re-routed to a pipeline that runs south to Illinois in order to reduce risk, though Enbridge disagrees. (Energy News Network)

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CLEAN ENERGY: The Prairie Island Indian Community in Minnesota advances plans for a clean energy project that will help the tribe achieve net zero emissions. (Post Bulletin)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE:
• A nonprofit launches a Climate Funders Justice Pledge to push philanthropic organizations to shift 30% of their donations to environmental efforts led by people of color. (Associated Press)
Marathon will invest nearly $500,000 in community projects and pay the state of Michigan nearly $82,000 in fines under a consent agreement to settle refinery emission violations. (Detroit News)

RENEWABLES: Ohio lawmakers plan to introduce legislation that would give township residents the ability to challenge via referendum the siting of wind and solar projects. (Toledo Blade)

UTILITIES: An Indiana bill would require utilities to show how they plan to provide reliable power to customers for the next three years as more renewable energy comes online. (WFYI)

SOLAR:
• A 2.5 MW solar project is now online at an industrial manufacturing site in Toledo, Ohio. (Toledo Blade)
• Local officials table plans for a $128 million solar project in southwestern Indiana to consider more aspects of the proposal. (WTHI)
• A 54-acre solar project is now operational at the University of Illinois. (News-Gazette)
• Central Minnesota county officials approve an emergency moratorium on solar projects to protect “taxpayers from harm down the road.” (Maple Lake Messenger)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: 2021 will likely be a pivotal year for electric vehicles as automakers commit to more vehicle models and states pursue policies that bolster charging infrastructure. (Utility Dive)

BIOFUELS: Iowa’s renewable fuels industry accounted for nearly $4 billion, or about 2%, of the state’s GDP in 2020, according to a report commissioned by a trade group. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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POLICY: A U.S. Senate committee advances former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s nomination as energy secretary for the Biden administration. (Detroit News)

COMMENTARY: Some automakers’ “gesture of goodwill” to withdraw from a lawsuit challenging California’s authority to cut vehicle emissions is underwhelming, an editorial board says. (Los Angeles Times)

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.