PIPELINES: Michigan regulators ask Enbridge for more engineering details and safety assurances related to Line 5 and its plans to tunnel the pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac lakebed. (Bridge Michigan)

TRANSMISSION: The Wisconsin Supreme Court rules that a former regulator’s private communications with executives for a company seeking to build a controversial power line did not taint his vote in favor of the $500 million project. (Wisconsin State Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Clean energy advocates are working to get the word out to school districts about an upcoming deadline to apply for federal funding to replace aging diesel buses with electric and other cleaner models. (Energy News Network)
• The CEO of electric vehicle startup Rivian discusses the challenges of launching a new auto manufacturing company and why the company’s vehicles set it apart. (CBS News)
• ComEd opens a free electric vehicle charging station in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood while announcing a $300 million plan to help drivers, schools and transit agencies switch to electric models. (Chicago Sun-Times)

SUPPLY CHAIN: The growing need for metals in electric vehicles and clean energy components has created a fierce dispute in northern Minnesota over the economic benefits and environmental risks of mining. (Minnesota Reformer)

OHIO:
• A federal judge in Ohio denies a request by FirstEnergy and its shareholders to dismiss a lawsuit involving a bribery scandal in light of a proposed settlement preliminarily agreed to by another federal judge. (Ohio Capital Journal)
• The Ohio Democratic Party continues seeking records involving communications between Gov. Mike DeWine, his staff and others on HB 6. (News-Sun)

COAL: A permit expires for what would have been Illinois’ last new coal mine after the company failed to break ground and opted against requesting an extension. (Commercial-News)

SOLAR:
• A southwestern Indiana high school plans to install a solar project that officials say will save more than $1 million over the next 12 year. (Inside Indiana Business)
• A developer plans a 200 MW solar project in southeastern Wisconsin that could begin commercial operations in 2024. (Fond du Lac Reporter)

OIL & GAS:
• North Dakota regulators approve a pilot project to test the technical and economic feasibility of enhanced oil recovery in the Bakken and Three Forks formations. (Prairie Public Broadcasting)
• State regulators approve Consumers Energy’s $170 million plan to upgrade its natural gas infrastructure across Michigan. (WNEM)

WIND: Local officials advance Rivian’s request to install a wind turbine at its Illinois manufacturing plant to provide vehicles with their initial charge. (Heart of Illinois)

UTILITIES: Voters in two Dayton, Ohio-area suburbs will decide in November whether to join utility aggregation programs to negotiate more competitive electric and gas prices for residents. (Dayton Daily News)

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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.