UTILITIES: Six Midwest utilities plan to spend a combined $15 billion on roughly 8,600 MW of wind, solar and battery storage while retiring nearly 6,000 MW of coal through 2023. (S&P Global)

ALSO: FirstEnergy adds itself to the growing list of utilities pledging to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. (MetroNews)

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GRID: Developers propose a 220-mile underground transmission line from northern Iowa to northern Illinois to help move wind and solar power to the East Coast. (Radio Iowa)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford plans to invest $100 million in a Kansas City assembly plant to build its new electric transit van, part of a broader investment in electric vehicle manufacturing. (Detroit Free Press)

• Peabody Energy reports another quarter with multimillion-dollar losses and warns it may consider bankruptcy for the second time in five years. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Peabody also reaches an agreement with insurers that guarantees mine reclamation after a bond provider asked for collateral because of the company’s deteriorating financial condition. (E&E News, subscription)

• FirstEnergy dismisses two more executives — its chief legal officer and chief ethics officer — as investigations continue into the company’s alleged role in the power plant subsidy law scandal. (WKSU)
• The Ohio Elections Commission may wait until next year to consider a case challenging former House Speaker Larry Householder’s use of nearly $1 million in campaign funds to pay attorneys overseeing his defense on corruption charges. (Cleveland.com)

PIPELINES: Environmental groups file an appeal with Michigan regulators to allow consideration of greenhouse gas emissions as Enbridge seeks permits to build a tunnel for Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. (WLNS)

EQUITY: A coordinator with the Illinois chapter of the Sierra Club says Chicago’s clean energy transition must address inequities and systemic racism in environmental policies. (Medill Reports Chicago)

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• A University of Wisconsin campus plans a 2.4 MW solar project in the southwestern corner of the state. (Telegraph Herald)
• Some residents raise density concerns while speaking out against a proposed 375 MW solar project in southeastern Ohio. (Lima News)

COMMENTARY: Columbus, Ohio, announced last month that it had completed 30,000 home energy audits within two years as part of its broader sustainability plan. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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.