CLEAN ENERGY: Fuel savings and avoided health care costs would more than offset the roughly $100 billion cost of a statewide shift to clean energy in Wisconsin, according to a study commissioned by clean energy groups. (Wisconsin State Journal)

ALSO:
• Winona State University in Minnesota celebrates the completion of a series of on-campus solar installations as well as energy efficiency measures. (WXOW)
• A northern Ohio county delays action on a resolution to ban utility-scale wind and solar projects. (WTVG)

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CLIMATE: A $25 million U.S. Energy Department grant will help Chicago community leaders, academics and scientists study the effects of climate disruptions across the city. (Inside Climate News)

SOLAR: A northern Minnesota tribal college’s solar certification program is training a broad spectrum of students for solar installation jobs as the industry experiences continued growth. (Sahan Journal)

PIPELINES: Once in opposition over the development of oil pipelines, South Dakota farmers and tribes now stand together against proposed carbon dioxide pipeline projects. (NBC News)

OIL & GAS: Chicago natural gas utility Peoples Gas appears likely to again exceed the budget and timeline for a multi billion-dollar distribution infrastructure replacement project. (Crain’s Chicago Business, subscription)

GRID: A northern Michigan municipal utility considers offering customers a demand response program that would help reduce power use during peak times. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

POLITICS:
• The two candidates for Michigan governor differ widely on environmental issues, including the future of the Line 5 pipeline and the use of tax incentives to lure electric vehicle manufacturers to the state. (Bridge Michigan)
• Candidates make their case for two vacant positions on the Omaha Public Power District board of directors as the Nebraska utility targets long-term carbon emission reductions. (Omaha World-Herald)

UTILITIES: Significant volatility in wholesale and retail electricity markets prompts a Cleveland suburb to delay the start of an electric aggregation program. (Cleveland.com)

BATTERIES: Potential environmental permitting hurdles caused a company to relocate a planned nickel processing plant from northern Minnesota to North Dakota. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Electric vehicle manufacturer Via Motors will move its headquarters from Utah to southeastern Michigan, where it plans to invest $12.4 million and create up to 300 jobs. (Crain’s Detroit Business, subscription)
• “Electric vehicles are coming and the industry is not going to admit it,” an Iowa dairy farmer says about the ethanol industry’s “willful ignorance” of the electric vehicle transition. (News Advertiser)

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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.