PIPELINES: Enbridge and Minnesota regulators ask the state Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling requiring a full environmental review of the $2.6 billion Sandpiper project. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

DEMAND RESPONSE: Advocates are starting a pilot program in Chicago that seeks to bundle demand response and distributed energy resources to establish a clean-energy portfolio that is more valuable than its individual parts. (EnergyWire)

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• General Motors and DTE Energy partner for an 800-kilowatt system for what would be the automaker’s largest solar installation at one of its plants in Michigan. (MLive)
Illinois electric cooperatives dedicate two projects making up 1 megawatt of new solar. (Alton Telegraph)
Developers receive local approval for a 5-megawatt community solar project in St. Cloud, Minnesota, which should be operational within a year. (St. Cloud Times)

• The industry pushes back against utility claims that natural gas is not a reliable fuel source. (Columbus Business First)
A new study says abandoned oil and gas wells near existing fracking sites can act as a conduit for more methane releases that aren’t being measured. (Phys.org)
As of Monday night, workers were unable to cap a blown oil well in North Dakota, which had leaked 67,000 gallons of crude oil. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: A Nebraska utility uses up its renewable energy incentive budget for the year, which is popular among customer-owners for making efficiency investments. (Lincoln Journal Star)

CLIMATE CHANGE: The University of Illinois’ updated climate action plan calls for the campus becoming carbon neutral 15 years sooner than its original goal. (News-Gazette)

POLLUTION: A new tactic being taken by green groups over what they say is the Obama administration’s weak ozone rule is that it’s not as strong as a similar Bush-era regulation. (Greenwire)

WIND: Consumers-product giant Proctor & Gamble commits to run all of its North American plants on wind power. (New York Times)

POLITICS: GOP presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich details his “all-of-the-above” energy plan if elected, which he says relies on conservation, fossil fuels and renewables. (Toledo Blade)

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SUPREME COURT: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear another case this term that hits on similar jurisdictional issues between states and FERC, this time over providing incentives for new generation. (Greenwire)

COMMENTARY: “Self-righteous, self-important individuals” backing a fifth attempt to ban fracking in Youngstown, Ohio should “please go away.” (Youngstown Vindicator)

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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