BUILDINGS: A suburban Chicago mayor helped inspire the biggest jump in model building energy code improvements in a decade by encouraging cities to play a more active role in the process. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: Enbridge is likely to miss prime construction season for its proposed Line 3 pipeline replacement again as Minnesota regulators continue to evaluate the project. (Star Tribune)

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OIL & GAS: Youngstown, Ohio, activists appeal a federal judge’s ruling against their claim that state and local elections officials violated their constitutional rights by preventing voters from deciding on a local fracking ban. (WFMJ-TV)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric vehicle startup Rivian has laid off about 40 employees at its engineering and design center in Plymouth, Michigan. (The Verge)

GRID: Hot temperatures across the north-central U.S. pushed grid operator MISO’s load over 100 GW on Tuesday for the first time this year. (The Street)

EMISSIONS: Ann Arbor, Michigan’s city council unanimously approves a formal plan to make the community carbon-neutral by 2030. (

WIND: An Illinois county board delays a decision on permitting its first wind farm, citing issues with having some members attending the meeting remotely. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

• A $15 million legislative appropriation for a Minnesota solar incentive program was proposed by a southwest Minneapolis lawmaker. (Southwest Journal)
• A crew installs 300 solar panels on the roof of a Wisconsin school that will provide nearly half of the district’s electricity. (Superior Telegram, subscription)

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POLITICS: Climate change denier and outspoken racist Steve King, who has represented northwest Iowa in Congress for two decades, is defeated by a Republican primary challenger. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY: Carbon pricing could be a way to resolve tensions over PJM’s minimum-price rule and “rebuild trust in energy federalism,” says an energy policy director at a conservative and libertarian think tank. (Utility Dive)

Dan has two decades' experience working in print, digital and broadcast media. Prior to joining the Energy News Network as managing editor in December 2017, he oversaw watchdog reporting at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, part of the USA Today Network, and before that spent several years as a freelance journalist covering energy, business and technology. Dan is a former Midwest Energy News journalism fellow and a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.