WIND:
• The Ohio Supreme Court rules 6-1 to uphold a permit for what would be the Great Lakes’ first offshore wind project near Cleveland. (Ohio Capital Journal)
• An Iowa county board gives initial approval to increase property setback distances for wind turbines, which would effectively eliminate the potential for future development. (Iowa Public Radio)

FINANCE: A growing number of small and regional Midwest banks look to help homeowners finance solar and other clean energy projects, which advocates hope will increase options for borrowers. (Energy News Network)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A central Minnesota community could play an outsized role in the U.S. transition to zero-emission vehicles if a company can persuade local residents to mine the area’s vast nickel reserves. (Washington Post)
• A planned $4 billion electric vehicle battery plant in Kansas City underscores the industry’s own environmental challenges such as battery recycling. (KCUR)

SOLAR:
• Chicago public housing residents eagerly await the installation of a solar project to help save money and potentially produce spinoff developments. (South Side Weekly)
• An Indiana county with a moratorium on solar development considers a plan that would allow projects no larger than 4,700 acres. (WPTA)
• A developer appeals a local board’s denial of a request to extend the construction timeline for an Indiana solar project, claiming opponents’ legal action has prevented the company from seeking financing. (Herald Bulletin)

COAL:
• An Omaha coal plant joins several power plants across the country whose owners pledged to stop burning coal soon but will require extensions for fuel supply or grid reliability reasons. (Nebraska Public Media)
• We Energies and a Wisconsin city reach an agreement to leave multiple water pipelines in place at a recently demolished coal plant along Lake Michigan. (FOX 6)

PIPELINES: A carbon pipeline developer says it has acquired roughly one-third of the 318 miles of Nebraska land needed to complete the project that ends in North Dakota. (York News-Times)

EMISSIONS: A southeastern Michigan housing development is set to be one of the first net-zero neighborhoods in the country. (FOX 2)

UTILITIES: A longtime utility executive from New York is selected as the next chairperson and president of Ameren Illinois. (Herald & Review)

COMMENTARY: “Iowa can vault its economy forward by leaps and bounds through renewable energy development” made possible under a federal climate bill working through Congress, an editorial board writes. (Storm Lake Times Pilot)

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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.