GRID: A federal appeals court says environmental groups cannot challenge a Wisconsin transmission line’s route through a wildlife refuge until after federal regulators make a final decision on the project. (Wisconsin State Journal)

• Xcel Energy plans to add a circuit to its CapX2020 transmission lines in Minnesota to handle more wind energy. (Marshall Independent)
• A utility will seek public input on how to rebuild and upgrade nearly 9 miles of transmission lines outside of Minneapolis. (Pioneer Press)

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NUCLEAR: Groundwater containing radioactive tritium that leaked from a Minnesota nuclear plant may have reached the edge of the Mississippi River, though at levels not harmful to public health, Xcel Energy says. (MPR)

POLITICS: Attorneys continue to wrangle over documents that detail how Ohio’s former top energy regulator spent $4.3 million he received in 2019 from FirstEnergy, which the utility later said was a bribe. (Ohio Capital Journal)

STORAGE: AES Indiana requests permission from state regulators to install a 200 MW battery storage project at a retiring coal plant. (Utility Dive)

• Labor unions worry that U.S. renewable energy jobs aren’t paying workers as much as the fossil fuel jobs that they’re displacing. (Inside Climate News)
• In Wisconsin and elsewhere, consumer interest and residential solar installations are helping to drive workforce growth. (WXOW)
• A small city-owned airport in Indiana receives $300,000 in federal funding to install solar panels. (Hometown News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Lion Electric opens a new Illinois manufacturing plant to produce electric school buses and trucks. (WLS)

CARBON CAPTURE: Iowa regulators deny a former GOP Congress member’s request to formally intervene as an opponent in a carbon pipeline permitting hearing. (Des Moines Register)

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CLIMATE: Michigan will join 26 other states in requiring insurance companies based in the state to report their climate-related risks and mitigation strategies for a national survey. (Michigan Advance)

WIND: A developer will hold public meetings next week on its plans for a wind project spanning parts of five counties in southwestern Minnesota. (Marshall Independent)

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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.