SOLAR: A Minneapolis-area planning agency is offering reduced costs for solar installations to rental property owners that are willing to create additional affordable housing units. (Energy News Network) 

ALSO:
• A citizens group wants county officials to intervene and oppose plans for a 1,200-acre solar project in southwestern Ohio. (Dayton Daily News)
• Detroit business owners see a spike in interest for small-scale solar projects during the pandemic. (Model D Media)
• A proposed 2 MW solar project at a University of Wisconsin campus is unlikely to have adverse environmental impacts, an analysis finds. (Telegraph Herald)
• A growing number of Indiana utilities offer renewables to customers who want to offset part of their electricity use with clean energy. (Indianapolis Star)
• Local officials are set to vote on approving a 1 MW solar project at a decommissioned air force base in eastern Illinois. (News-Gazette)
• Southwest Indiana is poised to see multiple large solar projects in the coming years. (Inside Indiana Business)

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UTILITIES: A committee looking into Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s dealings with ComEd finds no wrongdoing following a split vote along party lines. (Chicago Sun-Times)

RENEWABLES:
• A nonprofit initiative in Columbus, Ohio, is designed to help corporations and industrial utility customers decarbonize by offering renewable energy contracts. (Smart Cities Dive)
• Renewable energy companies are stepping up efforts to reduce the environmental impacts associated with manufacturing solar panels and disposing of wind turbines. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
• Oil companies are increasingly relying on rapid COVID-19 tests to determine if Bakken oil field workers have contracted the virus. (Bismarck Tribune)
• North Dakota oil production remained essentially flat in October and likely won’t rebound to pre-pandemic levels until later next year or 2022, state officials say. (Star Tribune)

TRANSMISSION: Invenergy renews its push to build support for the Grain Belt Express transmission project from Kansas to Indiana as a way for grid operators to save costs. (RTO Insider, subscription)

NUCLEAR: A University of Wisconsin researcher says nuclear power will play a key role in Wisconsin’s low-carbon future even though there isn’t demand for new reactors there. (WisBusiness.com)

PIPELINES:
• Protests continue along the route of the Line 3 replacement project in northern Minnesota as construction moves forward. (MPR News)
• County officials in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula adopt a resolution in support of Enbridge’s plan to build a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline. (Iron Mountain Daily News)

COMMENTARY:
• An Ohio State University professor says future COVID-19 stimulus packages should support renewable energy and help communities that have been reliant on fossil fuels. (Columbus Dispatch)
• A Peoria, Illinois arts center installs a solar project using Clean Air Act settlement funds involving the E.D. Edwards coal plant. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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.