COAL: Energy Harbor announces plans to close the remaining units at its Ohio Sammis coal plant, which indirectly benefited from the state’s power plant bailout law, in 2028. (

• An Indiana clean energy task force says it won’t weigh in on how customers should be compensated for unused solar power they generate and share on the grid. (WFYI)
• MidAmerican Energy prepares to bring online its first solar installation, a 3 MW project in Waterloo, Iowa. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Developers and local officials unveil a 150 MW solar project in northwestern Ohio. (
• County officials in southwestern Iowa are developing the first draft of an ordinance that would regulate commercial solar projects. (KMALand)
• A Minnesota electric cooperative signs a power purchase agreement to buy up to 9 MW of solar power from four separate installations. (KROC)

OIL & GAS: A North Dakota landowners group says a state program using federal pandemic relief funds to plug abandoned oil wells is incomplete and unusually expensive. (Bismarck Tribune)

TRANSPORTATION: Officials in Columbia, Missouri, weigh the benefits and drawbacks of picking compressed natural gas or electric buses to replace aging diesel models. (Missourian)

EMISSIONS: Two recent studies of major U.S. cities show tailpipe emissions from heavy duty vehicles are disproportionately harming low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. (Inside Climate News)

• General Motors announces plans to install up to 40,000 electric vehicle charging stations in the U.S. and Canada where there is currently limited access to stations. (Reuters)
• The mobility division of Atlanta-based Cox Automotive plans to open an electric vehicle battery service center in southeastern Michigan. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

WIND: A Michigan conservative clean energy group hosts a public forum on the local benefits of wind energy amid a contentious dispute over a proposed project. (Greenville Daily News)

COMMENTARY: A Western Michigan University researcher and Canadian resident questions why Canadian officials “seem to care so little” about protecting the Great Lakes from the Line 5 pipeline. (Michigan Advance)

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.