MICROGRID: Researchers in Illinois revive the debate over alternating current and direct current as it’s applied to a local microgrid. (Midwest Energy News)

NUCLEAR: Chicago-based Exelon prepares for legal challenges to New York’s plan to subsidize struggling nuclear plants. (EnergyWire)

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PIPELINES:
• Iowa landowners want a judge to halt construction on the Dakota Access pipeline until a dispute over using eminent domain is resolved. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple declares an emergency to make more state resources available to manage public safety response to Dakota Access protests. (Associated Press)
• An earlier planned route for the Dakota Access pipeline was rejected by the company over concerns about threats to local drinking water. (Forum News Service)

WIND: Residents in Michigan’s “Thumb” region disagree on whether the local and individual financial gains from wind projects outweigh perceived downsides. (Port Huron Times Herald)

SOLAR:
• The number of solar installations in Ohio increased 23 percent since 2015, according to a new study. (Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune)
• A Nebraska utility will dedicate a new 5-megawatt commercial solar project next month. (Lincoln Journal Star)
• South Bend, Indiana companies are helping drive growth for the solar industry statewide. (South Bend Tribune)

FRACKING: Efforts to impose local bans on hydraulic fracturing in Ohio have been met with resistance by state and local governments. (DeSmog Blog)

BIOFUELS:
• Researchers in Chicago have developed a way to mimic plants’ ability to convert carbon dioxide into fuel as a way to create clean energy. (Chicago Tribune)
• South Dakota officials approve an air quality permit for a new ethanol plant despite opposition from some residents. (Watertown Public Opinion)
• A wealthy environmentalist from Michigan says the clean-energy benefits of the federal ethanol mandate are “a big farce.” (Crain’s Detroit Business)

CLIMATE: Exxon Mobil and a team of researchers say they have devised a way to slash carbon emissions during the chemicals-manufacturing process. (Reuters)

ELECTRIC CHOICE: A state law that allows Upper Peninsula mining companies to exercise electric choice and seek lower rates is still causing concern among local power companies. (Marquette Mining Journal)

REGULATION: A former federal energy regulator issued numerous rulings that favored energy companies that his spouse worked for as a lobbyist. (DeSmog Blog)

RATES: Wisconsin regulators are being warned that the state’s high electric rates may drive large manufacturing companies out of the state. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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OIL AND GAS: South Dakota officials are still waiting for a mine reclamation plan for an oil well that was drilled three years ago but was not completed. (Rapid City Journal)

COMMENTARY: Ohio should follow New York’s lead in providing financial assistance to struggling nuclear plants. (Akron Beacon Journal)

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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