POLICY: Clean energy and consumer advocates raise concerns about extensive redactions in a public report commissioned by the Kansas legislature that’s meant to help guide future energy decisions. (Energy News Network)

CLEAN ENERGY: The Sierra Club criticizes plans by Ohio State University to build a new natural gas-powered combined heat and power plant, saying renewable energy options should be explored further. (Energy News Network)

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GRID: Missouri’s power system is expected to be stressed more than any other state’s by rising temperatures over the next few decades, according to a new report. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

PIPELINES: Advocates hoping to shut down the Line 5 pipeline in the Great Lakes seek to argue in court and regulatory proceedings about the project’s contributions to climate change. (Northern Express)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Startup electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian secures another $2.5 billion in investments as it repurposes a factory in Illinois for production. (Automotive News)
• An analyst says recent investments in EV startups like Rivian is “staggering” and raises concerns about a potential bubble. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL:
• A former Iowa coal plant that was switched to natural gas and retired in 2018 is demolished. (Radio Iowa)
• The state of Wyoming sides with St. Louis-based Arch Resources and Peabody Energy as U.S. regulators attempt to block a merger of the two companies. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS: U.S. oil and gas companies are heading toward bankruptcy at an increasing pace, raising fears about the ability to remediate abandoned wells. (New York Times)

UTILITIES:
• Rural electric cooperative revenue has taken a hit during the pandemic due to reduced demand from large users and a higher number of customers being unable to pay. (Reuters)
• Duke Energy, AEP and FirstEnergy tell federal regulators that future pandemic-related uncertainty is a “significant threat to the sector” and will require “adequate and timely” cost recovery. (Utility Dive)
• Consumer advocates raise concerns about Ohio utility customers’ ability to pay bills that have accumulated during the pandemic. (Port Clinton News Herald)

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AIR POLLUTION: A federal court rules the U.S. EPA erred when giving passing grades for air quality in Chicago and surrounding areas. (Chicago Sun-Times)

RESEARCH: A North Dakota commission is accepting applications this week for grant funding for research and development involving lignite coal and renewable energy. (Bismarck Tribune)

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.