POWER PLANTS: North Dakota’s coal industry and top Republican officials welcomed last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that limits how the EPA can regulate greenhouse gas emissions from coal plants. (Bismarck Tribune)

ALSO:
• Experts say Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan will be largely unaffected by the ruling as utilities continue to retire aging coal plants under state-level policy plans. (Star Tribune, Wisconsin State Journal, Politico, Michigan Radio)
• Environmental groups file an appeal against a planned natural gas plant in northern Wisconsin, claiming a federal environmental review erred in claiming the plant would reduce emissions. (Wisconsin State Journal)

CLIMATE: More than a dozen Minnesota cities have adopted local climate action plans that are helping to frame conversations around policies and prioritize clean energy investments. (Energy News Network)

GRID: AEP’s CEO says the utility plans to better prepare its infrastructure and customer notification procedures ahead of potential forced outages. (Ohio Capital Journal)

COAL:
• A federal judge declines to postpone a spring 2024 deadline for Ameren Missouri to reduce a major coal plant’s emissions, despite the utility’s claims that it needs to keep the plant open until 2025 to ensure reliability. (E&E News, subscription)
• Wisconsin has two of the top 60 most-polluting coal plants in the U.S., according to a recent analysis by an environmental group. (Channel 3000)

WIND:
• A local wind energy opponent sues a central Iowa county board over plans to reaffirm a wind zoning ordinance. (Times-Republican)
• Southwestern Iowa county officials delay a vote on a permit application for a utility-scale wind project. (KMALand)

UTILITIES:
• Indiana ranks among the top five states in the U.S. for utility disconnections. (WISH)
• A new Michigan nonprofit advocacy group with ties to DTE Energy launches ahead of this year’s statewide elections to back a candidate who has supported utilities while frustrating clean energy groups. (Energy and Policy Institute)

PIPELINES: The settlement of a three-year tax dispute leaves the owner of the Nexus gas pipeline owing millions of dollars to Ohio schools, libraries and governmental agencies. (Canton Repository)

EFFICIENCY: Local officials in central Missouri plan to move forward with local energy efficiency standards for rental housing units. (Columbia Missourian)

SOLAR: A northern Kansas town brings online a 2 MW solar project that officials say will help improve electric reliability. (Solar Industry Magazine)

COMMENTARY: The executive of Dane County, Wisconsin, says all county-owned facilities are set to be powered by renewable energy by early next year. (Verona Press)

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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.