COAL: Minnesota regulators approve Xcel Energy’s plan to run two of its coal plants for just six months of the year as a way to cut emissions and costs for customers. (Forum News Service)

ALSO: The Federal Trade Commission says competition should be maintained as it seeks to block a proposed merger between Arch Resources and Peabody Energy. (Bloomberg Law, subscription)

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POLICY:
Joe Biden’s clean energy plan draws praise from Ohio Valley groups helping coal-reliant communities transition, though a major union representing miners says it lacks details. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• The Trump administration’s proposed rewrite of the National Environmental Policy Act could have major implications for oil and gas pipelines. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• An open valve causes roughly 7,500 gallons of oil to spill at a well pad in western North Dakota. (Associated Press)
• We Energies moves forward with plans to spend $370 million building two liquefied natural gas storage facilities in Wisconsin. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

WIND:
Construction could begin next spring on a central Illinois county’s first commercial wind project, though several procedural steps remain. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
• Local officials schedule a public hearing next month on a proposed 71-turbine wind project in northern Ohio. (Sandusky Register)

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SOLAR:
• A solar installer donates two grid-tied solar systems to an Evansville, Indiana, organization that helps low-income residents. (WEHT)
• A national coalition boosts its lobbying efforts in Michigan to support community solar policies. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

COMMENTARY:
A Michigan lawmaker says a tunnel for Line 5 is needed to avoid additional truck shipments of liquids now transported by the pipeline. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
• Wisconsin advocates say the pandemic is “back with a vengeance,” and allowing utilities to disconnect utility customers who are unable to pay their bills “will be a disaster.” (Wisconsin Examiner)
• Critics say the Trump administration’s rewrite of a key environmental law eliminates or curtails crucial reviews of infrastructure projects. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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.