ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The pandemic has heightened the need for equity in the nation’s transition to electric transportation, argues a new paper from the Citizens Utility Board of Illinois. (Energy News Network)

OHIO: House Republicans say they will vote Thursday to strip House Speaker Larry Householder of his title after his alleged role in a $60 million bribery scheme to bail out uneconomic power plants. (Cleveland.com)

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SOLAR:
• In its second year, a Chicago-area solar group-buying program remains popular despite the pandemic’s chilling effect on the sector. (Energy News Network)
A southwestern Michigan poultry farm completes a $650,000 solar project that owners say will offset its energy use throughout the year. (MiBiz)
• The developer of a major Indiana solar project says it will accommodate a request for pollinator habitat after consulting experts. (Indiana Public Media)
• An Illinois school district is among dozens in the state and thousands across the U.S. lowering energy costs with solar projects. (HuffPost)

COAL:
Indiana utility NIPSCO is among investor-owned utilities considering financing options like securitization and accelerated depreciation as it moves to retire coal units. (Greentech Media)
• The Bureau of Land Management won’t offer pandemic-related royalty relief to Peabody Energy and Arch Resources, which sought the measures for mining operations on public land in Wyoming. (E&E News, subscription)
• The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has not done enough to protect coal miners during the pandemic, according to a recent inspector general’s report. (Ohio Valley Resource)

WIND: WEC Energy Group is investing about $235 million to acquire an 85% ownership interest in a wind farm under construction in South Dakota. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

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OIL & GAS: Continental Resources executive chairman Harold Hamm expects the Bakken oil industry to recover, adding that the sector doesn’t need a boom but rather “sound economics.” (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY: The general manager of a northern Michigan electric cooperative makes the case for beneficial electrification, which replaces direct fossil fuel use such as propane and gasoline with electricity. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

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.