CLIMATE: A new solar-powered community center in Detroit also serves as a climate resiliency hub where residents can go for resources and basic needs during weather emergencies. (Energy News Network/Planet Detroit)

ALSO: A similar facility has opened in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for residents during future natural disasters and those still struggling to access resources after a 2020 derecho. (CBS 2) 

EMISSIONS: Coal and fuel oil power plants in Missouri, Michigan and Ohio rank among the country’s largest climate polluters, according to a new analysis of federal data. (Inside Climate News)


  • Political action groups tied to Michigan’s two largest utilities contributed nearly $500,000 this year to lawmakers as major clean energy bills work through the legislature. (Energy and Policy Institute)
  • Minneapolis’ city council approves higher gas and electric utility franchise fees  starting in January that should raise $10 million annually to help fund implementation of the city’s climate equity plan. (MinnPost)


  • A new Minnesota coalition of energy experts, consumer advocates and community groups aims to help residents transition to energy-efficient electric appliances and reduce buildings’ emissions. (Sahan Journal)
  • Missouri county officials apply for energy efficiency incentives through Ameren Missouri that could generate nearly $38,000 in electricity savings over five years. (Missourian) 

SOLAR: A Nebraska utility holds an initial public listening session over plans to build a 310 MW solar project. (News-Times)

WORKFORCE: Hundreds of Wisconsin high school students apply for a We Energies training program that prepares participants for a career in electrical infrastructure. (Journal Sentinel)

NUCLEAR: Nebraska lawmakers hold hearings on the potential for small modular nuclear reactors to meet the state’s future power needs. (Omaha World-Herald)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Wisconsin company plans to sell fire suppression blankets designed specifically to combat electric vehicle fires. (WISN)


  • An author’s new book covers her experience of living in pipeline resistance camps while protesting the Dakota Access and Line 3 pipelines. (Grand Forks Herald)
  • Despite recent denials from state regulators, plans to build carbon pipelines by using eminent domain continues to draw strong opposition from South Dakota landowners. (Watertown Public Opinion)

OIL & GAS: Chevron’s deal to buy Hess, one of the largest operators in the Bakken shale play in North Dakota, may marginally increase oil output there though experts don’t expect a return to the pre-pandemic boom. (Reuters)


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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.