PIPELINES:
• U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and three congressional allies at an event Friday called on President Biden to stop construction on the nearly completed Line 3 pipeline. (Star Tribune)
• Minnesota police have taken vastly different approaches to Line 3 protests, as community policing led to negotiations at one site while 69 protesters were arrested at another site. (Star Tribune)

NUCLEAR: Exelon sets a Monday deadline for closing two Illinois nuclear plants unless state lawmakers pass legislation that includes a financial bailout. (E&E News, subscription)

EMISSIONS: Indiana is among 10 states that account for more than half of U.S. carbon emissions from the energy sector. (Indianapolis Star)

SOLAR:
• Minnesota utility Otter Tail Power Co. plans to add 150 MW of solar power in 2025 as part of its long-term integrated resource plan. (Renewables Now)
• State regulators will hold a public hearing this fall on a proposed 175 MW solar project near Dayton, Ohio. (Dayton Daily News)
• A developer selects a company to equip five Indiana solar projects totaling more than 1,000 MW with smart solar tracking technology. (PV Magazine)

WIND:
• A developer responds to landowner concerns about a planned 200 MW wind project in Iowa, noting that the project has been delayed by about two years. (Globe Gazette)
• State regulators approve plans for a 109 MW wind project in southwestern Minnesota. (KELO)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Midwest advocates are “bullish on the future” of clean energy jobs despite a widespread drop in employment during the pandemic. (Finance & Commerce)
• A Wisconsin resident uses a variety of energy-efficient building materials and onsite solar for her sustainable home. (WXOW)

GRID: Ameren Missouri seeks a 12% electric rate increase to help pay for grid infrastructure that would improve reliability. (The Missourian)

OIL & GAS: A ruptured natural gas line caused the evacuation of a construction site in Madison, Wisconsin late last week. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• A national clean electricity standard would help stave off the worst effects of climate change while creating jobs and boosting independence from fossil fuels, a Minnesota editorial board writes. (Star Tribune)
• Two Michigan GOP congressmen “did the right thing” by joining Democrats in support of reining in methane emissions, though much more climate work is needed, an op-ed says. (Michigan Advance)
• The head of an Ohio business group says proposed federal “punitive” measures against the oil and gas industry would cost jobs and cause energy prices to rise. (Mahoning Matters)

Andy Balaskovitz

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.