PIPELINES: Enbridge asks the Michigan Public Service Commission to declare that the company doesn’t need a state permit to build an underground tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (Bridge)

SOLAR: Dane County, Wisconsin, seeks proposals for an 18 MW solar project to power county operations. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ohio startup Lordstown Motors still plans to debut its electric pickup truck this summer. (CNET)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: The developer overseeing a smokestack demolition that covered parts of a Chicago neighborhood in dust violated several environmental regulations, the Illinois EPA says. (Chicago Sun-Times)

GRID: Illinois regulators join a lawsuit against a recent FERC decision they claim will increase costs to customers and discriminate against renewable energy. (Utility Dive)

WIND:
• DTE Energy activates a 68-turbine wind project in mid-Michigan. (Detroit Free Press)
• Federal officials investigate as Grand Forks, North Dakota, becomes a COVID-19 hotspot following positive cases linked to a wind turbine manufacturer. (Star Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: Michigan State University is recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for reducing its energy usage 21% two years ahead of schedule. (State News)

BUILDINGS: Officials in a Minneapolis suburb approve a controversial apartment development that will include solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations. (Star Tribune)

CLEAN ENERGY: Battery storage, smart grid and energy efficiency companies raised $252 million in venture capital funding in the first quarter of 2020, a 20% increase over the same time period last year. (Utility Dive)

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OIL & GAS: A fire at a North Dakota saltwater disposal well causes more than 23,000 gallons of brine to spill. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Michigan’s advanced energy industry is a “less-appreciated core part” of the state’s manufacturing legacy, advocates say. (Energy News Network)
Misinformation surrounds plans for a central Missouri wind project, which clean energy advocates say would bring much-needed local revenue. (Columbia Missourian)
• Former Illinois Sen. David Luechtefeld says state lawmakers should focus their efforts on COVID-19 rather than a “costly and unnecessary green energy policy mandate.” (Southern Illinoisan)

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.