OHIO: Attorney General Dave Yost is preparing a lawsuit to stop ratepayer surcharges for two nuclear plants at the center of a $61 million corruption scandal if state legislators don’t repeal the law. (Toledo Blade)

ALSO:
• Some northern Ohio residents are concerned that repealing the state law supporting the two nuclear plants would permanently close the facilities. (Columbus Dispatch)
• FirstEnergy has used lobbyists, lawyers, consultants and political contributions to pressure state lawmakers to back favorable policy for the utility. (Cleveland.com)

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POLICY: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s energy plan would likely take a proposal for a state-run capacity market off the table, potentially ending a dispute between clean energy advocates and renewable energy companies. (Energy News Network)

TRANSMISSION: An agreement would offload more Great Plains wind power from the Grain Belt Express transmission line into Missouri, where renewable energy demand is growing. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR: Indiana’s consumer advocate office opposes Vectren’s proposed replacement for net metering, saying it wouldn’t compensate customers enough for the solar power they send back to the grid. (Evansville Courier & Press) 

PIPELINES:
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asks a federal appeals court to reverse a ruling that scrapped an environmental permit for the Dakota Access pipeline. (Reuters)
• The Minnesota Commerce Department’s opposition to the Line 3 pipeline replacement based on a lack of long-term demand forecast has drawn intense scrutiny from GOP lawmakers. (MinnPost)
• Though opposing sides agree that Line 5 should be removed from the lakebed of the Straits of Mackinac, strong disagreement remains over whether to place it in a tunnel or decommission the pipeline. (Interlochen Public Radio)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Four seats on the Nebraska Public Power District board are up for re-election this fall and are drawing interest from clean energy supporters. (Columbus Telegram)
• Michigan-based furniture manufacturer Steelcase meets its company wide carbon neutral goal and sets a new target to be carbon negative over the next decade. (MiBiz)

UTILITIES:
• Michigan regulators expand the eligibility and the amount of state aid available for residents who are struggling to pay utility bills during the pandemic. (Lansing State Journal)
• A ballot proposal in Columbus, Ohio, would allow the city to procure power from alternative suppliers. (WOSU)

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TRANSPORTATION: A light rail project in greater Minneapolis-St. Paul is set to receive full funding after more than a decade of planning and delays. (MinnPost)

BIOFUELS: The Trump administration’s decision on biofuel blending requirements may be delayed beyond November as officials say the pandemic’s affect on demand is complicating the process. (E&E News, subscription)

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.