OHIO: Environmental groups ask a federal appeals court to consider suspending a former FirstEnergy subsidiary’s bankruptcy reorganization in light of the HB 6 scandal. (Eye on Ohio / Energy News Network)

ALSO: Legislative efforts to repeal HB 6 have stalled as GOP lawmakers lack consensus on what, if anything, to replace it with. (Cleveland.com)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A $45 billion investment in clean energy technology in Illinois would add more than $350 billion to the state’s economy, according to a new report from Advanced Energy Economy. (Solar Power World)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Amazon unveils a prototype electric delivery van that it’s developing in partnership with Illinois EV startup Rivian. (Chicago Tribune)
• Midwest retailer Meijer plans to install fast-charging EV stations at nine stores in Illinois and Michigan. (Progressive Grocer)

SOLAR: A First Solar plant in Ohio disassembles and recycles old solar panels to recover about 90% of the material inside. (Fast Company)

BIOFUELS: The Trump administration awards $22 million in grants, including $9.3 million in Iowa, to bolster biofuel infrastructure, though critics call it an “election stunt.” (Associated Press, Radio Iowa)

UTILITIES: City officials in a Twin Cities exurb say dissolving a publicly run water and electric utility would save several millions of dollars a year. (Southwest News Media)

CLIMATE: A group of University of Nebraska students call on school administrators to divest from fossil fuels. (Omaha World Herald)

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OIL & GAS: North Dakota officials hope for renewed interest in oil and gas processing plant projects that were slowed during the pandemic. (Williston Herald)

COMMENTARY:
Clean energy advocates say Consumers Energy’s upcoming long-term energy plan is a chance for the Michigan utility to double down on renewable energy, speed up coal plant closures and avoid new natural gas plants. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• Illinois would see billions of dollars in public health benefits with a widespread transition to electric vehicles, says the president and CEO of the American Lung Association. (Daily Herald)

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.