GRID: A group of power line operators plan to invest $130 million on short-term fixes to alleviate grid congestion from wind generation in southwestern Minnesota. (Star Tribune)


  • Public feedback leads a utility to alter plans for a 21-mile, high-voltage transmission project in southwestern Michigan that officials say is needed to improve reliability. (Herald-Palladium)
  • U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan will lead a public town hall meeting next week to give Ann Arbor residents an opportunity to share recent experiences with power outages. (MLive)

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UTILITIES: Federal officials charge Exelon, ComEd and former ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore with fraud in connection to a corruption scheme to influence former Speaker of the House Michael Madigan. (Crain’s Chicago Business, subscription)

EMISSIONS: Michigan advocates are pushing state lawmakers to pass legislation that considers industrial pollution’s cumulative impacts on communities, influenced by a 2020 environmental justice law in New Jersey. (Planet Detroit)


  • Two solar panel manufacturers in Ohio settle a lawsuit involving one company’s claims that the other misrepresented products as their own. (WTOL)
  • A major solar project planned in central Ohio could test the potential of agrivoltaics, or growing crops alongside panels. (WVXU)

NUCLEAR: Industry advocates say Minnesota and the U.S. could learn lessons from Canada on deploying nuclear power to reduce emissions. (Project Optimist)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Legacy automakers are racing to catch up to competitors like Tesla on technology that will enable more affordable electric vehicles. (CNN)


  • Iowa regulators and an attorney for a carbon pipeline developer claim project opponents have caused delays in the permitting process, which will resume next week. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)
  • An Illinois county board hires an attorney to represent the county in discussions surrounding a proposed carbon pipeline. (WGEM)

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HYDROELECTRIC: A Consumers Energy official says it no longer makes financial sense for the utility to own and operate 13 aging hydroelectric plants in Michigan. (Bridge)

COMMENTARY: A representative for a Wisconsin builders’ group says state lawmakers should work collaboratively on legislation to create a statewide community solar program. (Capital Times)

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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.