ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A proposed utility pilot program would help northern Minnesota’s iron and taconite mines acquire heavy duty electric vehicles. (Energy News Network)

COAL: Critics say the U.S. EPA is prematurely declaring that Missouri’s largest coal plant is meeting air quality standards because owner Ameren hasn’t installed air monitoring equipment. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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UTILITIES: A lawyer files an emergency motion seeking for ComEd’s $200 million settlement over bribery allegations to go to ratepayers rather than the federal treasury. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

PIPELINES: The administration of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is facing increased pressure ahead of a deadline this week to try to overturn the approval of the Line 3 replacement project. (MPR News)

• Clean energy advocates say the power plant bribery scandal unfolding in Ohio helps explain stalled clean energy policies in the state despite strong public support. (NPR)
• A poll commissioned to support Ohio’s nuclear plant bailout law provides a window into the strategy supporters used during efforts to repeal the law last year. (Cleveland.com)

• Habitat for Humanity in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, is installing solar panels on its facilities to produce energy savings that can be directed to home-building projects and low-income residents. (LaCrosse Tribune)
• Construction begins on two major solar projects in northwestern Illinois. (Telegraph Herald, subscription)
• Environmental groups and a Purdue University researcher praise an Indiana county’s ordinance requiring pollinator habitat at a major solar project. (Muncie Star Press)
• Ohio county officials debate whether to participate in a program that locks in power prices under solar contracts. (Times Leader)

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OIL & GAS: North Dakota oil production recovered slightly in June but was still near historic lows as a result of the pandemic. (Star Tribune)

• A crisis is unfolding in Missouri as utilities resume disconnections and delinquent bills come due, an editorial board writes. (Kansas City Star)
• An engineer with an Ohio company that supplies components for wind turbines says greater efficiencies and cost declines will help further the industry’s growth. (Canton Repository)
• A northern Michigan retailer says the Line 5 pipeline poses an ongoing, direct threat to the Great Lakes while a proposed tunnel poses additional ecological and climate concerns. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

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.