GRID: A group of utilities propose spending up to $700 million on a 200-mile transmission line from South Dakota to Minnesota that officials say will be essential for integrating renewables on the grid. (Star Tribune)


  • Ann Arbor, Michigan, estimates that prolonged power outages from recent storms cost the city nearly $2 million in emergency expenses. (MLive)
  • A service provider specializing in demand response files a complaint with federal regulators claiming grid operator PJM’s rules effectively block large-scale residential demand response programs. (Utility Dive)
  • Southern Wisconsin officials want an alternative location for a proposed power distribution substation, claiming it would be an “abomination” to the surrounding neighborhood. (Lake Geneva Regional News)

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  • Congress members from Illinois and Minnesota lead a group of Democrats urging President Biden to halt federal permitting for carbon pipelines, citing public health risks from a potential rupture. (Reuters)
  • A central Illinois county zoning board postpones a vote on regulations for drilling carbon sequestration wells until it can provide adequate meeting space for the public. (Pantagraph)
  • It may take more than a year for Summit Carbon Solutions to get approval for a carbon pipeline project in South Dakota after state regulators rejected the company’s initial proposal. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)

COAL: Residents in a southern Illinois community next to a large coal plant and mine grapple with a future without the industry that contributed to local prosperity. (Grist)

SOLAR: A western Michigan city will install solar panels on a local arena, offsetting about a quarter of the facility’s power use and saving tens of thousands of dollars a year. (WZZM)

BATTERIES: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer believes Ford will resume plans for a $3.5 billion electric vehicle battery plant once the company and the striking UAW reach a contract agreement. (Crain’s Detroit Business, subscription)

BIOGAS: Local officials and nearby residents raise concerns about persistent noise and flaring from an Ohio renewable gas facility. (Ideastream)

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GEOTHERMAL: An Illinois community college receives a $95,000 grant to add a geothermal energy job training program to its environmental and energy curriculum. (WCIA)

COMMENTARY: Iowa regulators’ upcoming ratemaking study is an opportunity to bring transparency and ensure low-income ratepayers aren’t unfairly saddled with rising costs, a community group leader writes. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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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.