POLICY: Independent power producers in Michigan have banded together to challenge a major utility that wants to pay them less for their generation under the federal PURPA law. (Midwest Energy News)

• Kansas regulators raise objections to a utility’s plan to build out electric vehicle charging stations, saying the proposal is anti-competitive and would require customers to subsidize a handful of EV drivers. (Midwest Energy News)
• Meanwhile in Missouri, state regulators are set to vote today on another utility’s EV infrastructure pilot project, which regulatory staff say could be treated like pay phones. (EnergyWire)

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• Dakota Access pipeline protesters prepare for a confrontation with police. (Associated Press)
• Financial disclosures show Donald Trump owns stock in Energy Transfer Partners, the company developing the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)
• The Trump and Clinton campaigns remain mum on taking a position on the Dakota Access pipeline. (Politico)

• Turbines that are nearing retirement are also ready with transmission connections in high-wind areas, making them ideal candidates for what the industry calls “repowering.” (Utility Dive)
• South Dakota regulators are being asked to settle a pricing dispute between a wind-power company and an investor-owned utility under federal PURPA rules. (Rapid City Journal)
• A Minnesota town will receive $18,000 a year by leasing land for a wind-solar project. (Detroit Lakes Online)
• Whirlpool breaks ground on a $3.3 million wind project in Ohio that will generate more than 30 percent of one of its plant’s needs. (Toledo Blade)
• Conservation groups plan to sue the Ohio Air National Guard over a wind project the groups say violates the Endangered Species Act and other federal laws. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

• A new report predicts the end of nuclear power in the U.S. without more government support. (Bloomberg)
• Officials with the Nuclear Energy Institute lament the closing of a small nuclear plant in Nebraska. (Toledo Blade)

GRID: Three rural electric projects in Missouri are getting $108 million in federal loans to modernize transmission infrastructure, while a Wisconsin electric cooperative receives $87 million in federal financing. (Associated Press, LaCrosse Tribune)

REGULATION: A race for a seat on the Public Utilities Commission in South Dakota pits an establishment Republican and current member against a political newcomer pushing for more renewable energy. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

OIL AND GAS: Ohio-based Murray Energy sells nearly 6,000 acres of land in the Utica shale oil and gas play f0r $63.6 million to focus on its core business of coal. (Columbus Business First)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Federal officials have launched an investigation into a Nebraska waste-to-energy plant after an employee was exposed to hydrogen sulfide. (Sioux City Journal)

CLEAN ENERGY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture issues grants and loans for four Iowa businesses to invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency. (WHO-TV)

COAL: U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio visits a coal mine and processing facility in his home state to tout his plan for tax incentives for “clean coal.” (New Philadelphia Times-Reporter)

BIOFUELS: A Nebraska ethanol plant receives a $500,000 grant to support energy efficiency projects onsite. (Sioux City Journal)

EFFICIENCY: An industry group touts the importance of developing energy efficiency projects in Iowa. (WHO-TV)

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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