POLICY:
• National researchers find that while renewable energy goals add costs, they “more than make up for it in avoiding pollution and saving water.” (EnergyWire)
• North Dakota Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer is still in position to shape energy policy under the Trump administration. (Greenwire)

NUCLEAR: The prospect of long-term waste storage at a closed nuclear plant site dims economic hopes for an Illinois town. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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COAL: Southern Illinois residents are hopeful about an industry turnaround under President-elect Trump. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

PIPELINES:
• The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council is expressing concerns about sanitation and potential flooding at the Dakota Access protest site. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Two more Dakota Access protesters are arrested for trespassing, bringing the total number of of protest-related arrests to 584 since Aug. 10. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR: An Iowa county is recognized for its efforts to promote solar development on county-owned properties. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

WIND:
• A new 400-megawatt wind project in Kansas is completed. (Kansas City Business Journal)
• Opponents will continue to fight wind projects in Ohio after Gov. John Kasich allows renewable energy standards to move forward. (Dayton Daily News)

EPA: Campaign finance rules would allow Scott Pruitt’s PAC to continue raising money from industries he would oversee as EPA administrator. (EnergyWire)

EFFICIENCY: A Kansas school district sets aside millions of dollars for energy efficiency improvements as an effort to “save the district money in the long run.” (Lawrence Journal-World)

GRID: The U.S. Energy Department warns that the grid is in “imminent danger” of cyberattacks. (CNET)

POLITICS: U.S. Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan is out as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. (MLive)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY:
• An Iowa city considers a $9.3 million project to convert methane gas from a wastewater treatment facility into energy. (Sioux City Journal)
• Wisconsin officials consider spending $20 million in subsidies to harness manure waste as a source of energy. (Wisconsin Rapids Tribune)
• Two employees at a waste-to-energy facility in Nebraska are hospitalized after being exposed to unidentified chemicals. (Sioux City Journal)

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OIL AND GAS: A former oil executive in North Dakota is accused of falsely inflating company revenues by tens of millions of dollars. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• A solar executive from Wisconsin sees a bright future for the industry. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• Ohio can now have hope for new and existing clean energy businesses after Gov. John Kasich vetoes a plan to halt clean energy standards. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)
• A new bill “rammed through the legislature” makes it more difficult to pass local fracking bans in Ohio. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Andy Balaskovitz

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.

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