Correction: An item in yesterday’s digest implied Mitsubishi manufactured electric vehicles in Normal, Illinois. While the company had a plant there, its EVs were never manufactured in the United States.

SOLAR: Clean energy groups ask Wisconsin regulators to allow third-party financing for solar installations as a way to improve access for more utility customers. (Wisconsin State Journal)

ALSO:
• A U.S. solar panel manufacturer with operations in Ohio says it is “deeply disappointed” in the Biden administration’s decision to lift tariffs on imported solar panels from southeastern Asia countries. (Cleveland.com)
• An eastern Kansas county outside of Kansas City adopts utility-scale solar zoning regulations that will cap projects at 2,000 acres in size and include a 1.5-mile buffer from city limits. (FOX 4)
• A team of Southern Illinois University students place in a national competition for designing solar arrays that produce and store energy. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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GEOTHERMAL: A St. Paul, Minnesota, high school will join just a handful of schools in the state by installing a ground-source geothermal heat pump system that will cut its natural gas consumption in half. (Energy News Network)

COAL: The U.S. Justice Department in court filings outlines ways that Ameren could pay for long standing air pollution at its second-largest coal plant, including through energy storage investments and paying for air filtration systems at schools. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

PIPELINES:
• A federal appeals court upholds an eight-year prison sentence for an environmental activist who tried to sabotage construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)
• South Dakota regulators will hear arguments tomorrow on whether a carbon capture pipeline developer should get more time in seeking a state permit. (KELO)
• Whether to approve public funding to support a proposed carbon pipeline highlights a political divide among North Dakota Republicans. (KXNET)

UTILITIES:
• Cleveland’s city council passes a resolution calling on FirstEnergy to relinquish its naming rights to a publicly owned pro football stadium. (WJW)
• Federal energy regulators consider a rule change that would make it harder for utilities to recover costs from ratepayers to fund dues with trade groups, including those that often lobby against rooftop solar. (Grist)
• Communities outside of Dayton, Ohio, explore joining an electricity aggregation program to avoid volatile electricity rates. (Dayton Daily News)

WIND:
• A central Michigan township crafts wind zoning regulations as a developer pursues plans for a utility-scale project there. (WILX)
• Five Michigan counties and townships that rejected wind farms stand to lose a collective $200 million in revenue over 20 years, according to an analysis. (Checks and Balances Project)

NUCLEAR: Attempts to save a southwestern Michigan nuclear plant, along with legislative efforts to study new plants, brings nuclear energy into focus in Michigan. (Bridge Michigan)

OIL & GAS: An oil producer seeks permission from North Dakota regulators to build a 3-mile pipeline that would be used to pump natural gas underground for enhanced oil recovery. (KFYR)

BIOFUELS: Nebraska biofuel producers will receive nearly $100 million while Kansas producers will receive more than $32 million under a federal COVID-19 relief package. (Lincoln Journal Star; Kansas Reflector)

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Andy Balaskovitz

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.