COAL: The parent company of two major Wisconsin utilities plans to eliminate coal use by 2032, three years earlier than previously planned, and invest $1.4 billion in renewables over the next five years. (Wisconsin Public Radio)


  • Water is again flowing naturally in a Kansas creek after 10 months of oil recovery and restoration in the wake of a major Keystone pipeline spill. (Capital-Journal)
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold public meetings this week in North Dakota on the agency’s draft environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline. (Prairie Public Radio)
  • A recent pipeline leak spilled 526 barrels of produced water and 13 barrels of crude oil on agricultural and range land in North Dakota. (Inforum) 

MINING: A Minnesota agency approves a company’s request to perform exploratory drilling for nickel, cobalt and other minerals near the Boundary Waters. (MinnPost)


  • The chair of Nebraska’s Democratic Party who founded a nonprofit to organize against the Keystone XL pipeline receives a $3 million grant to promote clean energy on rural land. (Nebraska Examiner)
  • Michigan now ranks fifth in the nation for clean energy jobs, which grew by nearly 5% in the state last year, according to a recent report. (Michigan Radio)

POLITICS: President Biden and senior administration officials will tour the Midwest over the next two weeks to tout federal investments in grid infrastructure, biofuels and clean energy. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)


  • A Cleveland suburb considers new solar regulations that would require local permits and notification of utility officials. (
  • An Ohio nonprofit serving adults with developmental disabilities completes a solar installation that will cut electricity costs by 12%, savings that will be directed back into programming. (Journal-News)

GRID: Grid operator MISO selects an Ameren transmission subsidiary in Illinois to build an $84 million, 42-mile transmission project in northwestern Missouri. (Daily Energy Insider)

HYDROELECTRIC: Four hydroelectric plants on the Ohio River that Bowling Green, Ohio, relies on for electricity receive $8 million in federal infrastructure funding. (BG Independent)

CLIMATE: Crop insurance payouts following crop failures reach record levels as extreme weather caused by climate change disrupts growing seasons, according to a new report. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY: Rooftop solar coupled with battery storage can bring grid stability and equity when deployed in low-income and underserved communities, an energy communications specialist writes. (Energy News Network)

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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.