ELECTRIC VEHICLES: DTE Energy’s CEO says electric vehicles and other electrification efforts in Michigan could drive up grid demand and create the need for new generation. (Detroit News)

ALSO:
• Foxconn plans to announce within the next month whether it will assemble hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles at a new Wisconsin plant. (WTMJ)
• Ford’s electric Ranger truck model, released more than 20 years ago, serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of car companies overpromising and under delivering. (E&E News, subscription)

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RENEWABLES: The Ohio Senate passes a bill that would grant local governments more authority to block wind and solar projects. (Ohio Capital Journal)

FINANCE: Missouri’s state treasurer joins a coalition of Republican treasury officials warning the Biden administration that they could pull assets from banks that refuse to lend or invest in fossil fuel companies. (News Tribune)

OHIO: A timeline of the Ohio energy scandal shows a major utility angling for a bailout to keep uneconomic power plants operating and a longtime Republican lawmaker hoping to make a comeback and return to power. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

PIPELINES:
• Michigan’s attorney general dismisses claims that shutting down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac would invoke an international treaty with Canada, arguing in a legal filing that it’s a “state-law action through and through.” (CBC)
• An Upper Peninsula telecommunications firm is one of the first third-party companies to express interest in potentially using a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline for fiber optic cables under the Straits of Mackinac. (Detroit News)
• The Keystone XL developer plans to leave sections of the project that were installed in Alberta in the ground for now. (CBC)

SOLAR: Local residents hear more details about a $700 million solar project planned at an Iowa nuclear plant that’s being decommissioned. (KCRG)

HYDROGEN: Several companies are partnering to make North Dakota a “hub” for hydrogen production, storage, transportation and consumption by harnessing the state’s natural gas resources. (Bismarck Tribune)

GRID: Significant price decreases in PJM’s latest capacity auction are set to reduce the cost of power during peak demand periods next year. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: Local officials begin planning for lost revenue and local generation as Alliant Energy prepares to close a southern Wisconsin coal plant. (Portage Daily Register)

WIND: A Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary acquires a 54 MW wind project set to come online later this year in Iowa. (Renewables Now)

COMMENTARY:
• Biogas made from livestock farming waste in Iowa “means more pipelines, more factory farms and more pollution,” environmental advocates say. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• As the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, Wisconsin leaders should refocus on climate change and “do more to transition our economies to clean energy,” an editorial board says. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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.