PIPELINES: The U.S. Supreme Court rejects pipeline operator Spire’s appeal of a lower court ruling that could eventually close a St. Louis-area natural gas pipeline as federal regulators reconsider the project. (Associated Press)

ALSO: North Dakota landowners seek to persuade local officials to formally oppose the use of eminent domain for carbon capture pipelines. (Forum News Service)

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NUCLEAR: Utilities and startups seek legislation in several states, including Indiana, to repurpose former coal plants as small, modular nuclear reactors, though critics say it’s an unproven technology that could be too expensive. (Wall Street Journal)

COAL: An Illinois agency approves a wastewater discharge permit for a coal mine that environmental groups say will release elevated levels of pollutants into a nearby river. (Southern Illinoisan)

SOLAR:
• Developers propose a 20 MW solar project on nearly 160 acres of southeastern Michigan farmland. (MLive)
• Ameren brings online a 6 MW community solar project in Missouri ahead of additional planned solar investments. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

RENEWABLES: A Columbus, Ohio suburb considers ways to purchase more local renewable energy through a customer-supported electricity aggregation program. (Columbus Dispatch)

WIND: Northern Ohio county officials will hold a public hearing this week on whether to restrict future utility-scale wind development as a developer pursues a 300 MW project that would be grandfathered in. (Telegraph Forum) 

CLIMATE:
• Major automakers, craft breweries and a resort are among Michigan companies calling for a statewide climate action plan that targets carbon neutrality by 2050. (MiBiz)
• A 20-year-old communications student in Madison, Wisconsin aims to get more young people, particularly from underrepresented communities, involved in climate action. (Business Insider)

OIL & GAS: Two weather-related incidents over the past week caused a combined 450 barrels of crude oil and 2,400 barrels of produced water to spill at two North Dakota drilling sites. (KFYR)

GRID: A western Illinois county will contribute $200,000 in federal pandemic relief funding to bury a portion of riverfront power lines underground. (Herald Whig)

COMMENTARY: Illinois regulators should deny any requested rate increase from ComEd until the utility can build back public trust following a recent corruption scandal, an editorial board writes. (Chicago Tribune)

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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.