COAL: A court-approved settlement requires Dynegy to remove coal ash from the floodplain along a downstate coal plant, transfer it to a new landfill for long-term storage, and contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to river restoration. (Chicago Tribune, subscription; Vermilion County First)

• Demolition started last month on a western Michigan coal plant on lakefront property that’s poised for redevelopment. (WZZM)
• Grid operator MISO says it will likely be forced to extend the life of a Missouri coal plant for nearly two more years to maintain adequate grid resources. (RTO Insider, subscription)

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BUILDINGS: Fewer than half of large-building owners in Kansas City are complying with a 2015 ordinance requiring energy consumption reports, and city officials are declining to impose fines for noncompliance. (Kansas City Beacon) 

RENEWABLES: Ohio ranks fourth in the nation for anticipated renewable energy development this year, though a recent state law giving local governments more power to block projects is already stalling new applications. (WXVU)

• North Dakota regulators will hold a hearing later this month on a carbon pipeline developer’s request to withhold a project risk assessment and carbon dioxide dispersion model from the public based on security concerns. (AgWeek)
• An Iowa county supervisor says counties need the power to create setbacks for carbon capture pipelines after federal regulators held public meetings in the state to gather input on proposals. (Globe Gazette)

GRID: Groups representing industrial energy users urge federal regulators to reject proposed incentives for $280 million in transmission projects planned by Indiana utility NIPSCO. (Utility Dive)

• Poor air quality from Canadian wildfires is creating more urgency for major climate legislation in Michigan, though Democrats’ slim majority means they will likely have to compromise on more progressive aspects of a proposed bill. (MLive)
• North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, who seeks the Republican presidential nomination, plans to promote domestic oil and gas production as a key theme of his campaign. (Radio Iowa)

EMISSIONS: Kansas becomes the latest state to join a lawsuit challenging the U.S. EPA’s support for a California rule that aims to accelerate the sale of zero-emission heavy duty trucks. (Kansas Reflector)

• A parking lot solar installation at a Missouri university is on track to produce the anticipated amount of electricity output in its first year. (Southeast Missourian)
• Including pollinator-friendly habitats at large solar projects “provides a pretty incredible opportunity” to promote habitat conservation for endangered species, advocates say. (Spokesman-Recorder)
• A nearly $1.7 million state grant will help a northern Michigan wastewater treatment plant offset about 10% of the facility’s power use with solar panels. (Record-Eagle)

• Minnesota can provide a blueprint for Michigan Democrats to enact sweeping clean energy policy reforms, a Midwest solar advocate writes. (Planet Detroit)
• Project labor agreements can provide cost and labor certainty for clean energy developers as federal incentives aim to ramp up construction, says the leader of a nonprofit construction advocacy group. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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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.