PIPELINES: A federal judge orders the Trump administration to conduct further environmental reviews of the Dakota Access pipeline, but stopped short of halting oil-pumping operations. (Washington Post) 

• Advocates are pressing Ohio lawmakers this week to include a provision in a budget bill that eases setback restrictions for turbines. (Columbus Dispatch)
• As Geronimo Energy develops wind projects across the Midwest, the company’s CEO says he wants to “make certain the farms are taken care of.” (KEYC)
• Officials are investigating the cause of a wind turbine’s collapse in southeast Nebraska. (Lincoln Journal Star)

NUCLEAR: With the glut of cheap natural gas putting pressure on nuclear plants and the inability of wind and solar to replace the generation, longtime anti-nuclear environmental groups are rethinking their position. (New York Times)

OIL AND GAS: A countywide economic development agency is partnering with universities in North Dakota to hedge against the boom-and-bust cycle of oil patch jobs. (Associated Press)

CLEAN TECH: A Minneapolis company partners with the University of Minnesota on new technology that takes carbon-based material and turns it into a gas that can be used for energy. (Minnesota Daily)

EMISSIONS: A switch in software has led to glitches in testing vehicle emissions for drivers and garage operators in the St. Louis area. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A landfill gas operation in Dane County, Wisconsin is considering a plan to turn the methane the trash produces into compressed natural gas and possibly pipe it to California. (Isthmus)

COAL: More than 100 teachers from the Upper Midwest tour coal-mining facilities in North Dakota through a seminar sponsored by an industry group. (Bismarck Tribune)

DEMAND RESPONSE: Energy efficiency and demand response efforts are getting an early test this year in keeping prices low and demand stable as high temperatures hit the Midwest. (Utility Dive)

BIOFUELS: Developers of a $240 million soybean processing plant in North Dakota seek more investors. (Associated Press)

• An editorial says the latest attempt to ban fracking in Youngstown, Ohio “is just as foolhardy today as it was when it was first placed on the ballot.” (Youngstown Vindicator)
• A newspaper says southern Minnesota needs updated transmission infrastructure as more wind and solar comes online. (Mankato Free Press)
• A Chicago Tribune editorial says cutting funding for clean energy research is short-sighted.

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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