STORAGE: Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are exploring the potential for “self-healing” energy storage batteries that could respond to deterioration after wear and tear. (Midwest Energy News)

CLIMATE:
• A report finds carbon emissions from the power sector have dropped to 1990 levels; Ohio-based American Electric Power is still the top emitter despite being only the sixth largest energy producer. (InsideClimate News)
• A survey at the University of Michigan finds a majority of Americans believe states should take the lead to address climate change if the federal government fails to act. (Michigan Radio)

COAL: Advocates in Waukegan, Illinois say a coal-burning power plant is impeding development in the community along Lake Michigan after decades of dealing with industrial pollution. (Pacific Standard)

EFFICIENCY:
• Some residents in a St. Paul, Minnesota neighborhood say the switch to LED streetlights has been intrusive. (MinnPost)
• Illinois joins 10 other states in suing the Trump administration over its failure to finalize energy-use limits for portable air conditioners and other products. (Associated Press)
• A Wisconsin program seeks proposals from large energy users seeking financial assistance for energy efficiency projects. (Milwaukee Daily Reporter)

PIPELINES:
• After completing a pressure test, Enbridge says a portion of the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac is “fit for service.” (Detroit News)
• Though facing five years in prison if convicted, a Native American activist accused of inciting a riot during protests against the Dakota Access pipeline says he is prepared to take the case to trial. (Associated Press)

RATES: Under a new energy law in Illinois, monthly charges to support wind and solar development will roughly equal the cost to support two nuclear plants. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

REGULATION: A budget bill in the Ohio Senate would ban the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission from serving in the governor’s cabinet. (Columbus Business First)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors has built 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric cars at a factory in Michigan, “making it among the first automakers to mass produce self-driving vehicles.” (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS: North Dakota oil production has stayed above one million barrels per day for the past three months. (Associated Press)

BIODIESEL: Researchers at the University of Minnesota patent a process to turn wastewater byproducts into biodiesel. (news release)

COMMENTARY:
• Researchers at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis say mismanagement of the shrinking coal industry will continue “and even stable jobs will remain at risk.”
• The editorial board at the University of Minnesota newspaper says the school should adhere to the Paris climate agreement following President Trump’s decision to drop out. (Minnesota Daily)
• An Ohio editorial board argues in favor of zero-emissions credits for nuclear plants in order to support climate change goals. (Akron Beacon Journal)

Andy Balaskovitz

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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