SOLAR: Advocates say two Wisconsin utilities’ differing plans for compensating rooftop solar customers show the need for state regulators to devise uniform pay structures. (Energy News Network)


  • The Michigan Senate passes a bill that would allow farmers to install solar projects without disqualifying their land from future agricultural tax credits. (Michigan Radio)
  • Illinois’ Cook County announces a $3 million program that provides free solar installations to income-qualifying residents. (Daily Herald)

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COAL: Indiana utilities over the next 12 years plan to retire as many as 20 coal-fired generation units as they embrace natural gas and renewables. (Herald Bulletin)

PIPELINES: A coalition of 63 tribal nations across the Midwest and Canada file a brief in support of the Michigan attorney general’s attempt to move a case to shut down Line 5 back to state court. (Michigan Advance)

NUCLEAR: A 1,200 MW nuclear plant plays a vital role in Ameren Missouri’s newest long-term energy plan that aims for net zero carbon emissions by 2045. (News Tribune)

CLEAN ENERGY: Hundreds of advocates rally at the Michigan Capitol calling for lawmakers to pass a bill package calling for 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040. (MLive)


  • Contentious carbon pipeline hearings in Iowa will likely continue beyond this week as regulators weigh ongoing testimony from landowners affected by a proposed project. (UPI)
  • Iowa regulators reject a subpoena request that would have compelled the testimony of an agriculture mogul who’s playing a significant role in the Summit carbon capture pipeline. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)


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CLIMATE: U.S. Forest Service officials and environmental groups disagree over how to manage a southern Illinois forest as climate change causes extreme weather events and dries ecosystems. (Chicago Tribune)


  • Ohio conservation advocates say a state commission should listen to the “overwhelming majority” of residents and block hydraulic fracturing in state parks. (Ohio Capital Journal)
  • Proposed North Dakota rules that would allow oil wells to sit idle longer before using carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery put too much of a burden on landowners, an editorial board writes. (Bismarck Tribune)

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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.