POLITICS: All three coalitions pushing for Illinois clean energy legislation say equity needs to play a role, though the approaches and accountability measures vary. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Xcel Energy looks to buy a 74 MW solar project in northwestern Wisconsin for about $100 million, which would be the utility’s first large-scale solar project in the state. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• An American Electric Power affiliate is finalizing a long-term agreement to buy all of the power to be produced at a 50 MW solar project in central Ohio. (Columbus Business First)

WIND:
• A developer cancels plans for a 65 MW wind project in southern Wisconsin but does not say why. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• A central Illinois county planning board advances new regulations that expand setback distances required for wind turbines, though not as large as originally proposed. (Piatt County Journal-Republican)

COAL: Peabody Energy appoints a new chief operating officer who will focus on Australian operations serving Asian markets as coal demand declines in the U.S. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Lordstown Motors seeks to beat its competition to market by delivering its Endurance electric truck by September 2021. (Detroit News)

PIPELINES: An administrative law judge’s ruling on Line 5 brought mixed reactions from environmental groups as regulators must consider a proposed tunnel as part of relocating the pipeline but won’t have to account for climate effects. (Michigan Radio)

BIOENERGY: Officials in South Sioux City, Nebraska, deny a $3.3 million claim filed by a trustee involved in a financing agreement for a former waste-to-energy plant. (Sioux City Journal)

HYDROELECTRIC: A western Minnesota hydroelectric plant receives $2.75 million in state funding for upgrades and a new turbine that will increase generation capacity. (Redwood Falls Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• A Minnesota transportation advocate says the state’s planned clean car standards would give consumers more options and have broad public support. (MinnPost)
• Clean energy advocates reach an agreement with Dayton Power & Light that includes funding for smart meters and electric vehicle charging rebates. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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.