NUCLEAR: Energy Harbor won’t disclose whether two Ohio nuclear plants set to receive a $1.3 billion public subsidy are profitable before the bailout. (

• FirstEnergy says the Ohio attorney general’s civil lawsuit seeking to stop bailout payments to the nuclear plants is “without legal merit.” (WOSU)
• Modular nuclear reactors may help utilities like Xcel Energy meet long-term carbon neutral goals. (MPR News)

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• Michigan environmental justice advocates say the state’s 2050 carbon neutral plan doesn’t reduce carbon emissions fast enough. (Energy News Network)
• Michigan regulators ask the state to recommend how utility integrated resource plan requirements should be updated to meet the new carbon-reduction goal. (Utility Dive)

• Enbridge will create new safety guidelines for its contracted vessels operating near Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac as part of an agreement stipulated with the state. (Detroit Free Press)
• Michigan’s attorney general joins a coalition of more than a dozen states supporting a federal court order to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline. (Michigan Advance)

COAL: The state of Indiana pulls out of a plan to build a port at a former coal plant site in southeastern Indiana, saying the land is too contaminated. (WKRC)

WIND: A biorefinery breaks ground on a single wind turbine that will power its biodiesel plant in southeastern Minnesota. (Albert Lea Tribune)

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OIL & GAS: A 10,000 gallon produced water and oil spill caused by a lightning strike reaches a tributary in western North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

• Michigan’s 2050 carbon neutral plan “must strive to place equity and the needs of impacted communities at the forefront,” an energy analyst writes. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• A renewable energy company says Indiana can “with the right support … become the crossroads for renewable energy development” in the U.S. (Indianapolis Star)
• A union official with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers says the economic pain of closing nuclear plants in Illinois “will be felt statewide.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

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.