GRID: Chicago-based Exelon and other major utilities are increasingly turning to new software that relies on data and analytics to monitor the performance and reliability of the grid. (Midwest Energy News) 

• An Illinois House panel approves a bill that would make a long-awaited fix to the state’s renewable portfolio standard as well as provide subsidies to struggling nuclear plants. (Midwest Energy News)
• Clean energy supporters attend an Ohio Senate hearing with a “show of force” as lawmakers look to scale back renewable energy and efficiency standards there. (Columbus Dispatch)

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• The economic benefits to come if and when the Dakota Access pipeline is built are unclear. (High Country News)
• Hundreds of arrests of protesters have overburdened North Dakota’s court system, “which faces huge cost overruns and doesn’t have enough judges, lawyers and clerks to handle the workload.” (Associated Press)
• Law enforcement agencies look to quell pipeline protests by fining those who attempt to deliver supplies. (Reuters)
• The Dakota Access developer says it’s prepared to build the pipeline through the winter months. (Bismarck Tribune)

ADVOCACY: Minnesota-based Arctic explorer and activist Will Steger reaches the 10-year anniversary of his climate advocacy group. (Minnesota Public Radio)

FRAC SAND: A Wisconsin court says a town cannot challenge the annexation of 1,600 acres of land that was planned to be used for a frac sand mine. (Winona Daily News)

• Rolling back Obama Administration policies on climate and energy may prove challenging for President-elect Donald Trump’s team. (Associated Press)
• A U.S. senator from Wisconsin wants the EPA to stop implementing some of its more controversial regulations, including the Clean Power Plan, because of a predicted rollback under President-elect Trump. (Greenwire)

RATES: An Ohio utility is looking to provide up to a $500,000 electric bill credit to automakers who use more electricity than they did in 2009 as part of an economic development strategy. (Columbus Business First)

• Michigan lawmakers are in “pursuit of unnecessary and one-sided energy legislation that would further increase costs on Michigan employers and residents.” (Detroit News)
• The incoming chairman of the Minnesota Senate’s Energy Committee wants to see an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy for the state. (Duluth News Tribune)
• “The rise of clean energy across the heartland is already too well entrenched to be reversed.” (New York 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.

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