RENEWABLES: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposes a plan to power more than 900 government buildings in the city on renewable energy by 2025. (CBS Chicago)

STORAGE: ComEd says its pilot energy storage project in a neighborhood about 40 miles south of Chicago will be the first of its kind in Illinois. (Midwest Energy News)

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PIPELINES: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he’d veto a bill that would allow Enbridge to bypass state regulators and build a replacement for the aging Line 3 pipeline. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR:
• Ohio is among multiple states where major energy companies are pressing state lawmakers for financial support for struggling nuclear plants. (Associated Press)
• The closing of a nuclear plant leads one eastern Wisconsin county to increase the local sales tax by a half percent to replace lost revenue. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

SOLAR: A growing number of Minnesota breweries are turning to solar power. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

OIL AND GAS: Analysts say a wave of new natural gas plants planned in the PJM market will lower wholesale power prices and cause further stress on coal plants. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES: Two utilities operating in Wisconsin say President Trump’s efforts to roll back Obama-era clean energy policies will not stop their pursuit for more renewables and energy efficiency. (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram)

BIOFUELS: The first garbage-to-ethanol plant in the U.S. has been proposed in Minnesota near Minneapolis-St. Paul. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• U.S. automakers are concerned about the potential drop in sales if a $7,500 federal tax credit for buying a plug-in vehicle expires. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Ford Motor Co. says it will begin offering a fuel-efficient gas-electric hybrid version of police cars. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• An Illinois congressman says fossil fuels remain an economic driver in the U.S. (Southern Illinoisan)
• A Cleveland-based collaborative looks to bring diversity and inclusion to the region’s clean energy sector. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• A Minnesota consumer advocacy group says a recent newspaper editorial “incorrectly implied that renewable energy is more expensive for Minnesota Power than other energy options.” (Duluth News Tribune)

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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