SOLAR: Xcel Energy looks to shrink the size of its popular small-scale solar rebates in Minnesota in order to extend the incentive to more customers. (Energy News Network)

• State regulators deadlock on developers’ request to rescind and reissue a new permit for a controversial transmission line through southwestern Wisconsin, allowing the original approval to stand. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Utility officials in southeastern Wisconsin say power stayed on this week after a major storm because of previous investments to bury power lines. (WTMJ)

• Democrats shift scrutiny to Gov. Mike DeWine and his connections to key players in the ongoing bribery scandal involving the state’s power plant bailout law. (Ohio Capital Journal)
• DeWine rejects calls from Democrats to fire two top staffers with ties to FirstEnergy who admitted to scheming to bribe two state officials. (Toledo Blade)

• Great River Energy expects to know today whether its member utility cooperatives will endorse the proposed sale of North Dakota’s largest coal plant in a deal that would involve buying electricity from the new owner. (Associated Press)
• Groundwater contaminated with PFAS complicates a western Michigan community’s plan to redevelop a former coal plant site into a recreation area and a smaller natural gas plant. (WOOD-TV)
• The U.S. EPA approves plans for an expanded coal ash cleanup site at an inactive coal plant in northwestern Indiana. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Experts say rural Kansas drivers would benefit from electric vehicles, including with lower travel costs, but charging infrastructure remains a barrier. (KMUW)

• A Missouri natural gas utility facing a legal challenge over its permit to operate a St. Louis-area pipeline says shutting it down would risk reliability and lead to “potentially fatal consequences.” (Missouri Independent)
• Michigan regulators approve DTE Energy’s plan to upgrade natural gas transmission lines to ensure reliability in the northern Lower Peninsula. (Manistee News Advocate) 

GEOTHERMAL: Experts see a growing role for geothermal power as a path for widespread clean energy deployment. (Inside Climate News)

• Michigan faith leaders call for ongoing investments in infrastructure and clean energy to deal with the climate crisis. (Michigan Advance)
• A North Dakota columnist says a company’s proposed plan to buy the state’s largest coal plant isn’t receiving enough scrutiny from the public or elected officials. (Inforum)
• President Biden’s nominee to be the U.S. ambassador to Canada faces bilateral disputes between the two countries involving major pipeline projects, an attorney writes. (Forbes)

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.