OHIO: Cleveland’s city council plans to investigate whether any of the players involved in a recent power plant bailout scheme also sought to “destabilize” the city’s municipal utility. (Cleveland.com)

• FirstEnergy’s alleged involvement in the bailout bribery scheme is the third major scandal the utility has faced over the past 20 years. (E&E News, subscription)
• FirstEnergy requests more time to file a quarterly financial report, citing delays from a federal investigation and a growing number of lawsuits. (Akron Beacon Journal)

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EFFICIENCY: A retired utility engineer is helping Nebraska nonprofits reduce their electric bills by shaving peak electricity usage. (Energy News Network)

• Enbridge won’t seek to condemn private property to relocate the Line 5 pipeline through northern Wisconsin after reaching agreements with roughly 300 landowners. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• A report from a retired engineer finds the partial closure of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac has not resulted in a spike in gasoline prices as Enbridge has warned, though the company disputes the study’s findings. (Michigan Advance)

EMISSIONS: The Trump administration this week is expected to lift Obama-era restrictions on methane emissions from oil and gas wells. (New York Times)

NUCLEAR: North Dakota officials finalize regulations for disposing and storing nuclear waste in the state, which one lawmaker says will likely discourage the practice. (Bismarck Tribune)

• South Dakota regulators will hold public hearings in December on a planned 128 MW solar project. (KELO)
• An Iowa community college expects to save $950,000 a year on electricity costs after a solar installation is completed. (KIMT)

UTILITIES: The mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, asks state regulators to extend a moratorium on utility disconnections until spring 2021. (WMTV)

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WIND: Developers are in the early stages of planning a large-scale wind project in mid-Michigan that could span up to 11 townships. (Greenville Daily News)

BIOFUELS: A South Dakota congressman introduces a bill that would require the U.S. EPA to update its modeling on ethanol and biodiesel greenhouse gas emissions in a way that would be favorable to the industry. (E&E News, subscription)

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.