COAL: Vistra Energy announces plans to retire its coal fleet totaling nearly 7,000 MW in Illinois and Ohio by 2027 as it invests in solar and storage projects. (S&P Global)

• Last year Vistra’s coal fleet generated 15% of Illinois’ electricity but contributed nearly half of the state’s carbon emissions. (Chicago Tribune)
• A federal judge blocks a proposed joint venture between Peabody Energy and Arch Resources, saying it would “substantially impair competition” in the Powder River Basin coal market. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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ILLINOIS: A former ComEd official pleads guilty to a corruption charge in the first conviction related to an ongoing federal investigation into an alleged utility bribery scheme. (Chicago Sun-Times)

• Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources selects a developer to install large solar projects at former mine sites in the northern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula. (MLive)
• A federal grant program is helping a growing number of Missouri farmers install solar projects on their land to offset energy costs. (KCUR)
• Developers are in the early stages of plans for a 2,000-acre, 150 MW solar project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. (WLUC)

GEOTHERMAL: The Michigan capitol building is undergoing major renovations that include a new geothermal heating and cooling system. (Capital News Service)

PIPELINES: Public comment begins on a series of permits Enbridge is seeking to build an underground tunnel for Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. (MLive)

CLEAN ENERGY: Advanced energy sector jobs continue growing in Indiana, where they now outpace auto parts manufacturing. (Inside Indiana Business)

UTILITIES: Consumers Energy will contribute $12 million to help residential and small-business customers who are struggling to pay utility bills during the pandemic. (WILX)

• An electric vehicle car-sharing program set to launch next year in Minneapolis-St. Paul hopes to allow far more residents access to EVs without having to purchase them, a columnist writes. (MinnPost)
• The director of Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy says the state’s 2050 carbon neutral goal sends a “powerful message” to markets for clean energy and transportation. (Bridge Michigan)

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.