CORRECTION: A headline and item in yesterday’s digest implied oil and gas production from shale is declining. The story referenced was specifically about oil.

CLEAN POWER PLAN: A new report by market consultants says the areas served by grid operator MISO will not see reliability problems as a result of the Clean Power Plan. (EnergyWire)

***SPONSORED LINK: Learn about the latest in renewable energy and sustainability in Central Wisconsin at The Energy Fair, June 19-21. Features include keynote speaker Jon Wellinghoff, workshops, exhibitors, entertainment, and more.***

EFFICIENCY: A Minnesota-based program helps small companies monitor energy use and adjust for efficiencies. (Midwest Energy News)

AIRCRAFT: The EPA says it plans to develop emission regulations for commercial aircraft. (New York Times)

FRACKING
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Some Ohio lawmakers insist that the latest budget deal will not include an increased severance tax on fracking. (Columbus Dispatch)
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A hearing is set for later this month on North Dakota’s request to prevent new federal fracking rules from taking effect. (Bismarck Tribune)
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Researchers say satellite images purporting to show natural-gas flare-ups in the Bakken oil patch are inaccurate and misleading. (Bismarck Tribune)

TAR SANDS: A group of 100 scientists is calling for a moratorium on further development of Canadian tar sands. (Climate Central)

EMERGENCY RESPONSE
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American Electric Power is teaming up with seven other energy companies on an equipment-sharing program to quickly deal with natural disasters or other events that might disrupt the grid. (Columbus Dispatch)
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A two-day event in Wisconsin trains emergency responders on how to deal with oil-train accidents. (LaCrosse Tribune)

TRANSPORTATION
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Michigan lawmakers approve a road-funding plan that critics say unfairly places a heavier burden on the poor and owners of hybrid and electric vehicles. (Associated Press)
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Groups within the U.S. trucking industry disagree on how new fuel-efficiency standards should be designed. (Reuters)

AUCTION
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An advocacy group wants consumers to call for a federal investigation of the recent MISO capacity auction that will cause rates in southern Illinois to spike. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
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Federal regulators have approved plans by PJM to move forward with its capacity auction in August that will focus on enhanced reliability. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

OBIT: Professor Vernon Albertson was a “powerhouse” in energy research at the University of Minnesota. (StarTribune)

***SPONSORED LINK: The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association presents its annual Michigan Renewable Energy Fair June 26-27. Features include an electric vehicle showcase, workshops, renewable energy demonstrations, kids’ activities, and much more! ***

COMMENTARY: “Fracking is coming to Southern Illinois, like it or not.” (Southern Illinoisan)

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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