Chicago-based ComEd proposes a series of new solar incentives as well as a demand charge as part of a larger Exelon-backed energy bill package before Illinois lawmakers. (Utility Dive/Solar Industry)
• However, Chicago officials say the utility has been actively thwarting solar development in the city for years. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

• Advocates in a community outside Detroit are looking to replace all of the town’s streetlights “in one fell swoop” with solar-powered systems. (Model D Media)
• Three Wisconsin schools will receive solar panels this summer as part of an electric co-op’s program to reduce energy bills and promote the technology. (LaCrosse Tribune)

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OHIO: State Sen. Bill Seitz formally introduces a bill to extend the state’s “freeze” on its clean energy and efficiency standards; background on the bill here. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Midwest Energy News)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A debate over waste-to-energy generating systems is firing up once again in Minnesota as local officials look to expand opportunities in the sector while some advocates contend it is a dirty, non-renewable source of electricity. (Midwest Energy News)

• North Dakota’s coal industry plans to seek billions in public assistance from the state over the coming years. (Bismarck Tribune)
• About half of the coal plants in Indiana are opting to spend money on retrofits that will decrease pollutants to comply with new federal regulations. (Indiana Public Media)
• Columbus, Ohio-based Batelle is working with federal agencies on a plan to convert coal to jet fuel using biomass-derived solvents. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
Video footage of wildlife in a forest near a reclaimed coal mine in southeastern Ohio suggest environmental rehabilitation efforts are working there. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: The mayor of Bloomington, Indiana calls for requiring building owners to report energy usage to allow for benchmarking and efficiency awareness. (WBIW)

FRAC SAND: A new report says it’s difficult to track how much frac sand is being mined in the Midwest and where it is going. (Interlochen Public Radio)

OIL AND GAS: The industry decline in the Bakken oil patch means the gradual end of temporary housing in one oil town. (EnergyWire)

PIPELINES: Canadian regulators approve Enbridge’s plans to upgrade a massive oil pipeline from Alberta to Wisconsin that will also double its capacity. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: Clean energy advocacy group NextGen will spend $25 million on a nationwide campus voter-registration drive, including in Iowa, to drive young voters to the polls in November. (The Gazette)

GASOLINE: Iowa lawmakers appear poised to end a penny-per-gallon fee on wholesale gasoline that had been used to fund the cleanup of underground oil and gas storage tanks. (Radio Iowa)

• Minnesota’s factoring in the “social cost of carbon” when accounting for energy-related pollution demonstrates “great leadership.” (MinnPost)
A labor leader in Illinois says nuclear power is key to the state’s economic future. (Moline Dispatch-Argus)

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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