SOLAR:  A Michigan rooftop solar program will expand to thousands more homeowners and businesses with more favorable compensation rates under a recent settlement approved by state regulators. (MiBiz)

ALSO:
• Habitat for Humanity offers community solar subscriptions to low-income households in Lincoln, Nebraska, and adds rooftop solar to 35 of its recently built homes in Milwaukee. (Journal Star, Spectrum News)
• A Congress member from Ohio leads a push to revoke the Biden administration’s decision temporarily waiving tariffs on solar panels from Southeast Asia countries. (E&E News)
• A developer plans to start construction in the coming months on a 110 MW solar project in southwestern Illinois. (WLDS)
• County officials unanimously approve plans for a 5 MW community solar project in northwestern Illinois. (Quad-City Times)

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PIPELINES: Critics fear a proposed carbon pipeline project that would pass near Bismarck, North Dakota would hamper future development in the city. (Bismarck Tribune)

RENEWABLES: Broad support builds for Indiana legislation that would require state agencies to study potential regulations for decommissioning wind and solar projects. (Indiana Capital Chronicle)

OHIO: A former U.S. attorney says it’s a “pretty daring thing” to go to trial in the case against former House Speaker Larry Householder as former lawmakers and some who have already pleaded guilty agree to testify. (News 5)

BATTERIES: Plans have reportedly stalled for a large Indiana battery cell manufacturing plant as part of a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution. (Reuters)

AIR POLLUTION: A recent study calls for policy changes to improve Ohio’s outdoor air quality that is worsened by power plant and transportation pollution. (Ohio Capital Journal)

NUCLEAR: Federal tax credits and relaxed state policies spur renewed interest in new and modular nuclear reactors energy as a carbon-free energy source. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES: Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Illinois rank among the top 10 states for overall electric utility performance, according to a consumer advocacy group’s recent report. (Minnesota Reformer)

CLIMATE: The latest in the “climate action culture wars” comes to Michigan as legislative Republicans seek to preemptively block cities from banning natural gas connections in new buildings. (Bridge Michigan)

WIND:
• A Wisconsin wind farm operator is working to determine what caused large turbine components to crash onto the ground. (CBS Minnesota)
• Regular and unscheduled maintenance, along with the need to curtail excess power on the grid, explain why some wind turbines sit idle while others nearby continue to spin. (Indianapolis Star)

ADVOCACY: The executive director of Fresh Energy (which publishes Midwest Energy News) discusses his decision to step down after more than three decades as a leading climate change advocate in Minnesota. (MinnPost)

COMMENTARY: An Illinois editorial board calls on state regulators to closely examine recent large rate increase requests from major electric and gas utilities. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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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.