STORAGE: Energy storage will be a key focus at this year’s Midwest Solar Expo in Minnesota as the technology grows and integrates well with solar. (Midwest Energy News)

POLICY: Clean energy groups say there are still sticking points to a proposed energy omnibus bill in Minnesota as budget negotiations continue between the governor and the legislature. (Minnesota Public Radio)

***SPONSORED LINK: Smart Cities Technologies in Wisconsin is taking place on June 6 in Milwaukee. Organized by the Midwest Energy Research Consortium and the City of Milwaukee, this workshop will explore how cities like Milwaukee are adopting Smart Cities Technologies. Register before June 2. ***

PIPELINES:
• Records show the Dakota Access pipeline and a feeder line leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in North Dakota during the month of March. (Associated Press)
• Iowa farmers deal with changes to the landscape and soil quality due to pipeline construction as planting season starts. (KCCI-TV)

RENEWABLES: A growing number of utilities in the Midwest and across the country are offering green energy tariffs in response to corporate demand for renewable energy. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
• Three community colleges in Illinois are selected to participate in a community solar program that makes solar available to low-income residents and college students. (Peoria Journal Star)
• Missouri solar advocates remain positive about the failure of a bill to pass that would have charged solar customers additional monthly fees. (Missouri Times)
• Researchers are surveying a community in the western Upper Peninsula about local interest in solar generation and potential financing models. (ABC10)
• Planned renovations to an airport terminal in Cedar Rapids, Iowa call for adding solar panels and a geothermal system. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• A Wisconsin bakery is recognized by the state’s clean energy program for using solar panels to offset its energy use. (Racine Journal Times)

COAL: A North Dakota electric cooperative is testing new methods for reusing carbon emissions, now with a focus on “economic opportunity.” (Bismarck Tribune)

WIND: About 200 people turn out for a town hall meeting in Michigan mostly to criticize the “deceit and bullying” they associate with wind development in the state. (Huron Daily Tribune)

GRID: Northern Indiana farmers say a 100-mile power line has interfered with their farms after easements were secured through eminent domain. (Associated Press)

SUSTAINABILITY: The city of Detroit hires its first sustainability director whose duties will include a focus on clean energy and transportation issues. (Michigan Chronicle)

TRANSPORTATION: Ford Motor Co. is replacing its CEO with the current head of the company’s Smart Mobility program amid a shift to mobility services and electrification. (CNET)

OIL AND GAS: Michigan-based Consumers Energy announces it will spend $440 million this year on natural gas infrastructure upgrades. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: An Ohio editorial board says a $5 monthly charge to keep FirstEnergy nuclear plants open is a “reasonable price” for an “indispensable insurance policy, or hedge, against climate change.” (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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