CLEAN ENERGY: Ann Arbor, Michigan, officials are pursuing a community choice aggregation bill that would allow it to purchase clean energy on behalf of residents and businesses. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Wisconsin officials anticipate a growing number of solar and energy efficiency projects to come online this year. (WUWM)

• Attorney General Dave Yost seeks a court order blocking $102 million in decoupling fees allowed under HB 6, which state attorneys say are “for the sole purpose of padding FirstEnergy’s bottom-line.” (Cincinnati Enquirer)
• A plan to undercut Cleveland Public Power began in 2018 and used nonprofits funded by players in the HB 6 scandal to criticize the utility’s rates, authorities say. (

POWER PLANTS: A $400 million power plant planned in North Dakota would run on ethane, which supporters say would help limit flaring from natural gas production. (Bismarck Tribune)

• Interstate coordination and expanding the U.S. transmission system could lower the cost of fully decarbonizing the electric grid by 2040 by 46%, according to an M.I.T. study. (Utility Dive)
• Regulators in MISO and Southwest Power Pool states say the grid operators would be better served by addressing transmission charges at their seam and creating a class of smaller cross-border projects. (RTO Insider, subscription)

PIPELINES: An environmental group plans to sue the federal government over its move to reclassify from endangered to threatened a large scavenging beetle that has disrupted construction plans for the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Another Consumers Energy solar project is set to come online this week in southern Michigan, and is one of 14 the utility has either brought online or plans to in the near future. (Hillsdale Collegian)

RENEWABLES: A southeastern Nebraska county board extends a moratorium on new wind and solar permit applications through July 15. (News Channel Nebraska)

OIL & GAS: The head of the American Petroleum Institute promises to fight back if the Biden administration pursues policies slowing drilling on public land and eliminating industry tax breaks. (Inside Climate News)

WIND: A central Illinois county board agrees to limits on wind turbine heights but will further consider limitations on shadow flicker. (Piatt County Journal-Republican)

COMMENTARY: Highly restrictive regulations on commercial wind projects in two Iowa counties are part of a growing shift to impose local limits on wind as policymakers call for more renewable energy, a columnist writes. (Forbes)

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Andy Balaskovitz

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.