SOLAR: Wisconsin utility Alliant Energy builds a solar-plus-storage microgrid to power a remote building for the state’s natural resources department. (Wisconsin State Journal)

ALSO:
• A developer is negotiating a land sale in eastern Wisconsin to build a 150 MW solar project. (Milwaukee Business Journal)
• Twenty Indiana churches will share $500,000 to install solar projects as part of a settlement between American Electric Power and the U.S. EPA. (Statehouse File)
• Analysts expect large-scale solar projects — 100 MW or bigger — to increase in the next few years due to corporate demand and declining costs. (PV Magazine)
• An Illinois community college expects to save $18,000 a year in electricity costs after installing solar panels. (WGEM)
• A new solar cooperative in Minnesota allows members to benefit from bulk purchases. (WXOW)

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OVERSIGHT: The chairperson of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission discusses virtual utility oversight during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Energy News Network)

WIND: A federal judge issues a permanent injunction preventing the Nebraska Public Power District from canceling power purchase agreements with three wind projects. (Lincoln Journal Star)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A new Chicago ordinance requires new commercial and residential structures of certain sizes to ensure at least 20% of supplied parking spaces are ready for EV charging. (Utility Dive)
• Ford and Rivian cancel plans to build a Lincoln-branded electric vehicle due to uncertainty caused by the pandemic. (Chicago Tribune)
• Harley Davidson says it remains committed to developing electric motorcycle models. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES:
• Consumers Energy and DTE Energy post first quarter earnings showing large decreases in commercial and industrial power usage being partially offset with increased residential demand. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• An energy assistance program for low-income ratepayers is extended through May for Ameren Missouri customers. (KMOV)

COAL: Environmental groups raise concerns about an Indiana coal company receiving a $10 million federal loan as part of CARES Act stimulus funds. (WBOI)

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PIPELINES: A U.S. House committee report claims FERC’s process for approving natural gas pipelines unfairly favors developers over landowners. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
Minnesota Sierra Club officials say state officials are moving forward with Line 3 pipeline permits “without real public input.” (MinnPost)
• A utility watchdog group reports DTE Energy is facing growing scrutiny from investors and ratings agencies over the company’s natural gas investments. (Energy and Policy Institute)

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.