COAL: A Wisconsin-based utility is accused of manipulating corporate records in order to recoup certain costs for upgrading an Upper Peninsula coal plant. Meanwhile, the same utility is involved in a new plan to solve reliability concerns in the region. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• A new study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland finds laid-off coal miners are “beginning to bow to the inevitable and train for jobs in other industries.” (Bloomberg)
• An industry presentation recently discovered compares coal’s problems with that of the tobacco industry. (New York Times)
• An Indiana utility plans to demolish a former coal plant in Gary, Indiana along Lake Michigan in hopes of redeveloping the site. (Indiana Public Media)
• Plans to finish decommissioning an old coal plant site in Iowa move forward as a utility seeks to cap a coal ash storage pond. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Workers at a Michigan coal plant that was on fire for 12 hours last week are being reassigned and it’s unclear when the plant will reopen. (Associated Press)

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NUCLEAR:
• Cheaper natural gas and renewables make for an uncertain future for nuclear plants in both regulated and deregulated Midwest states. (Midwest Energy News)
• Industry officials hope New York’s policy to save struggling nuclear plants can be replicated in other states. (EnergyWire)

PIPELINES: Developers of the Dakota Access pipeline sue in federal court to stop protesters near tribal land in North Dakota from interfering with the project. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: A community radio station in Illinois completes the first phase of an initiative to power the station with solar. (Southern Business Journal)

EMISSIONS: Wisconsin-based Alliant Energy seeks to cut carbon emissions 40 percent by 2030. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

EFFICIENCY: Michigan’s top energy official says efficiency should be a key component of the state’s energy future. (MLive)

OIL AND GAS:
• An energy executive from Texas says there is growth potential in Ohio and North Dakota. (Columbus Business First)
• Two members of Kansas’ congressional delegation tell a crowd of oil and gas officials that the industry is under a “full-scale assault” from the Obama administration and environmental groups. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Ameren seeks permission to install six electric vehicle charging stations in the St. Louis area. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• A new study says “range anxiety” may be overblown. (Washington Post)

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POLITICS: A Kansas Republican says state lawmakers need to be better informed about clean energy. (ClimateWire)

TRANSMISSION: Grid operator MISO seeks permission to charge fees on electricity that is exported to the PJM market. (RTO Insider)

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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