OHIO: Opponents criticize FirstEnergy for what they say is a deliberate attempt to hide details about its contentious “bailout” case before state regulators. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: The Michigan Court of Appeals rules against a group of townships that are seeking to block a proposed wind development. (Lansing State Journal)

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COAL:
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Miners in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania seek to file a class action lawsuit against the EPA over the Clean Air Act and what they say were violations of the legislative process. (WTRF-TV)
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A profile of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship leading up to his trial that is scheduled to begin in October. (The New York Times)
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Dynegy officials say MISO is not properly valuing the company’s coal assets. (Utility Dive)
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An Illinois town honors a group of coal miners killed in the Herrin Massacre of 1922. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: Ohio’s clean-energy freeze “killed the market,” says one Cincinnati developer who is looking for business elsewhere. (Cincinnati Business Courier)

EMISSIONS: Proposed federal regulations on emissions from heavy-duty vehicles draws mixed reactions from industry and environmental groups. (GreenWire)

UTILITIES: U.S. energy secretary Ernest Moniz says the Obama administration is committed to helping utilities address changes hitting the power sector. (EnergyWire)

NUCLEAR: Lawmakers are crafting federal legislation to direct money from the Nuclear Waste Fund to support interim storage facilities. (E&E Daily)

PIPELINES:
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A Texas pipeline company is seeking shippers for a proposed natural gas pipeline from Ohio to the Gulf Coast. (Vindicator)
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Opponents of a planned oil pipeline say Iowa regulators are not following their own permitting rules and are rushing the project through. (The Gazette)

SOLAR: An Iowa co-op invites subscribers to its newly planned solar development. (Sioux City Journal)

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BIOFUEL: More than 100 industry representatives are in Washington this week pushing lawmakers for a stronger Renewable Fuel Standard before new EPA rules are announced. (Biofuels Digest)

COMMENTARY:
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Vague parameters in Xcel Energy’s well-intentioned community solar program in Minnesota has left it open to interpretation. (MinnPost)
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For the EPA, “facts trump ideology” in recent fracking report(Southern Illinoisan)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy has been a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News since 2014, following four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. He covers the state of Michigan and also compiles the Midwest Energy News daily email digest. Andy is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, where he focused on topics covered by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and wrote for the Great Lakes Echo. He was the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Edward Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Environmental Journalism at Michigan State.

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