SOLAR: A Detroit-area community, left with most of its streetlights removed following a utility settlement, is hoping to re-light its streets using solar power. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: A Minnesota county sets new regulations for large solar projects. (Mankato Free Press)

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WIND: Ohio Republicans point to a planned Amazon data center as an example of how wind energy can be beneficial to the state. (Toledo Blade)

COAL:
• A closer look at the campaign to shut down coal plants in the U.S. (Politico)
• As natural gas displaces coal in the Ohio Valley, fewer jobs are available. (Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register)
Stricter rail car standards will also impact a North Dakota coal gasification plant. (Bismarck Tribune)

POLITICS: Activist Tom Steyer says he plans to put Republican presidential candidates on the record about climate change. (The Hill)

PIPELINES:
• A tribal environmental group won’t be allowed to present information on climate change in upcoming Keystone XL proceedings in South Dakota. (Rapid City Journal)
• Iowa’s state archaeologist says a proposed pipeline should face the same standards as other projects for its potential to disrupt archaeological sites. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• One of Michigan’s U.S. senators says he is “very concerned” about the safety of pipelines running beneath the Straits of Mackinac, and protesters heckle Gov. Rick Snyder over the issue. (MLive, Michigan Now)

POLLUTION: A company accused of dumping oil field waste into an Ohio stream is expected to change its plea. (Youngstown Vindicator)

BIOENERGY: Industry leaders in Iowa press for legislation that would create new tax credits that would encourage biofuel refineries to diversify into other products. (Iowa Farmer Today)

TRANSMISSION: Developers file for a Canadian permit for a proposed transmission connection across Lake Erie. (Transmission & Distribution World)

***SPONSORED LINK: The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association presents its annual Michigan Renewable Energy Fair June 26-27. Features include an electric vehicle showcase, workshops, renewable energy demonstrations, kids’ activities, and much more! ***

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Dayton-area grocery store chain is adding EV chargers that customers can use for free. (Dayton Business Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• Why a Minnesota cosmetics company wants the state to expand its renewable energy standard. (Midwest Energy News)
• In Ohio, “The utilities are on the wrong side of history.” (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Ken Paulman

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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