CLIMATE: A Republican mayor from an Indianapolis suburb has focused on urban design as a way to decrease transportation emissions and mitigate climate change. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND:
• In an “unexpected” move, the developer of a planned 200-megawatt wind project in South Dakota withdraws its application for a state permit. (Rapid City Journal)
• Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says a hypothetical President Donald Trump could try and get rid of wind energy “over my dead body.” (Yahoo News)

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OIL AND GAS: Carbon dioxide emissions from burning natural gas for electricity are expected to be 10 percent greater than those from coal in 2016. (Climate Central)

PIPELINES:
• A Wisconsin agency gives Enbridge approval to replace and expand a 14-mile segment of pipeline that crosses wetlands and waterways. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• A group of pipeline opponents in Iowa say the Dakota Access project would threaten the state’s water supply. (WHO-TV)
• Civil rights groups say a stretch of highway along the North and South Dakota border being occupied by pipeline protesters could be safely reopened. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• Some Indiana coal miners are eligible to apply for unemployment benefits, health insurance and job search allowances under a federal assistance program. (WIBQ)
• The largest reduction in coal burning by U.S. universities since 2008 has come from schools in Indiana, Michigan and Missouri. (Houston Chronicle)

TRANSMISSION: A Missouri town is the latest to sign up for long-term transmission service from the proposed Grain Belt Express Clean Line project, which is still waiting approval from state regulators. (Missouri Times)

SOLAR: A Minnesota nature center upgrades its aging solar array and adds the latest in storage technology. (KDAL)

POLICY: Former two-term Democratic governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm is angling to take her clean energy policy positions to a top administration job for Hillary Clinton. (Greenwire)

POLLUTION: Researchers are studying the potential link between pollution from coal, oil and gas and elevated cases of tumors found in Wisconsin fish. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors is partnering with the U.S. Army on developing an off-road electric fuel cell vehicle. (MLive)

POLITICS:
• Ohio coal country residents say Donald Trump supports them more than any other presidential candidate has so far. (IdeaStream)
• A new ad ties former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to comments about ending the coal industry amid a tight U.S. Senate race. (Columbus Dispatch)

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FUEL ECONOMY: With two procedures to measure fuel economy in vehicles, the result is a confusing difference between what consumers are told and what the government says it requires of automakers. (Greenwire)

COMMENTARY: Absent from the debate over nuclear power plant subsidies are the costs borne by the public from decommissioning plants and storing waste at sites. (Utility Dive)

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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