SOLAR: Solar energy is taking off in Minnesota, including in metro suburbs, with 1,000 projects installed last year bringing the state’s total to roughly 7,500. (Star Tribune)

• The city council in Iowa City rejects a proposed lease agreement for a MidAmerican Energy solar project due to residents’ conservation concerns. (Daily Iowan)
• University of Wisconsin students prepare to compete in a national solar design competition. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

***SPONSORED LINK: Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy has an exciting opportunity for an energetic and strategic leader to drive our climate work: Join our team as MCEA’s Climate Program Director! Apply here.***

POWER PLANTS: Developers of a planned 625 MW natural gas plant in Superior, Wisconsin, propose cooling the plant with air in response to concerns over potential water usage. (Superior Telegram)

PIPELINES: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says it’s crucial to improve the reliability of propane supplies in the Upper Peninsula with alternatives to the Line 5 pipeline. (WLUC)

• Electric truck startup Rivian delays the launch of two models as the coronavirus causes a production slowdown at the company’s Illinois plant. (Chicago Tribune)
• An Ohio-based electric vehicle startup receives a letter of intent from a Florida company seeking to order 1,000 electric trucks. (WKYC)

• South Dakota ethanol producers and the farmers who provide them with corn face a financial crisis. (KELO)
• Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa asks the Agriculture Department to help the biofuel industry weather low prices and plant closures due to the coronavirus. (E&E News, subscription)

***SPONSORED LINK: Join a dynamic and growing organization that works to deliver Midwest renewable energy through policy, technical, and regulatory avenues. Clean Grid Alliance is hiring a Vice President—State Policy to be part of our team. Learn more and apply today!***

ADVOCACY: Illinois high school students participated in a legislative lobby day last month in Springfield on the Clean Energy Jobs Act. (

EFFICIENCY: The U.S. energy efficiency sector is experiencing mass layoffs from the coronavirus as utility and state programs shut down across the country. (E&E News)

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.