WIND: After first being announced in 2008, backers of a major wind project in central Illinois hope to start construction next year. (Springfield State Journal-Register)

SOLAR:
• An obscure technology known as advanced inverters can help deploy more solar and assist in smoothing out an increasingly variable grid, if state policies can catch up. (Midwest Energy News)
• Construction moves forward on what will be Minnesota’s largest solar project. (West Central Tribune)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Nonprofit housing developers have ambitious plans for community solar and energy efficiency for a low-income neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Midwest Energy News)

CLIMATE: Michigan researchers say there is urgency in developing negative emissions technology that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. (Climate Central)

UTILITIES: California-based installer SolarCity and Chicago-based ComEd have a shared vision of what the utility of the future looks like. (Forbes)

OIL AND GAS: An analysis shows more than 640 oil and gas spills affected groundwater or surface water in some way in 2015. (EnergyWire)

FRACKING: A judge rejects a Michigan anti-fracking group’s effort to change ballot drive requirements so it could carry signatures forward to the 2018 election. (Detroit Free Press)

CYBERSECURITY: Iowa officials announce details of the state’s first cybersecurity plan, which focuses on the energy, transportation and communication sectors. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

FINANCE: A municipal utility in West Michigan is set to launch an on-bill financing program this fall for energy upgrades. (Holland Sentinel)

COAL:
• While in Detroit, Donald Trump claims the “war on coal” cost Michigan 50,000 jobs, but utility officials say the “number doesn’t come close to approaching” that. (Detroit News)
• Peabody Energy’s revenues continue to decline. (St. Louis Business Journal)

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GRID: Grid operator MISO says it will take more time to develop its proposal for a new capacity auction process. (RTO Insider)

COMMENTARY:
• Is Wisconsin shaking off the Koch brothers’ influence and tapping its wind resources? (Cleantechnica)
• “The nation needs to reduce coal use, not rejuvenate it.” (The Dispatch / Rock Island Argus)

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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