CLEAN ENERGY: A conservative clean energy group launches a landowner rights initiative in Iowa to help counter local opposition to wind and solar projects. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Vectren officials say the utility’s planned shift from coal to renewables and natural gas will save more than $320 million over the next 20 years and cut carbon emissions about 75%. (Evansville Courier & Press)

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PIPELINES: The Trump administration asks the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a permit program that would allow the Keystone XL and other oil and gas pipelines to cross waterways with little review. (Associated Press)

• Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot proposes more stringent demolition requirements following the implosion of a former coal plant that covered the Little Village neighborhood in dust. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• Residents in north Minneapolis push for equity in an area with high pollution and health disparities. (InsideClimate News)
• Reduced traffic during the pandemic has lowered some air emissions in Detroit, though the region is still disproportionately impacted by industrial pollution, state officials say. (WEMU)

COAL: The remediation and sale of a former western Michigan coal plant is complete, and the site will now be used as a marine port terminal. (MiBiz)

• A Michigan lawmaker from the Upper Peninsula testifies in support of his bill that would remove the cap on the number of customers who qualify for utility distributed generation programs. (WLUC)
• A solar group buying program in an eastern Iowa county looks to boost installations among homeowners. (Bellevue Herald-Leader)
• Rooftop solar panels at an Indiana county jail catch fire, though no injuries were reported. (WISH)
• Utilities remain largely silent on a proposal before federal regulators that would effectively overturn net metering programs nationwide. (Utility Dive)
• A housing development in northwestern Indiana includes rooftop solar panels to offset the building’s energy use. (Times of Northwest Indiana)

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GRID: Transmission projects will be crucial to move wind and solar power from rural areas like the Great Plains to cities, experts say. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES: Wisconsin regulators urge the state’s utilities to be flexible with customers who may have difficulty paying bills once a moratorium on disconnections is lifted on July 25. (WXPR)

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.