NUCLEAR:
• A sweeping new energy proposal from Exelon emerges in Illinois that would increase electric bills statewide to save struggling nuclear plants and is tied to funding for solar, wind and efficiency projects. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• Union leaders join nuclear advocates in an effort to save two nuclear plants in Illinois that Exelon has said will shut down without state support. (Illinois News Network)

WIND:
• An industry report says 35 percent of the electricity produced in Iowa between July 2015 and July 2016 came from wind. (Radio Iowa)
• The next U.S. offshore wind project will likely be sited in Lake Erie. (Bloomberg)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
• Large German utilities’ transition to clean energy could help inform Ohio utilities struggling from increasing competition, more stringent regulations and consequences of past business decisions. (Midwest Energy News)
• Universities across the U.S. are increasingly installing renewable energy projects as part of a broader shift toward sustainability. (Yale Environment 360)

PIPELINES: 
• Law enforcement officers “dressed in riot gear and firing bean bags and pepper spray” evict Dakota Access pipeline protesters from private property in North Dakota. The total number of arrests exceeds 140. (Associated Press)
• A dozen teenagers from the Standing Rock tribe deliver a letter to Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn asking for her support in blocking the Dakota Access pipeline. (Grist)
• An inconspicuous law signed by President Bill Clinton 20 years ago has opened the door for out-of-state law enforcement agents to help with Dakota Access protests. (DeSmogBlog)

SOLAR:
• Officials announce the completion of a solar array at a General Motors facility in Michigan, the largest such project at a GM site in the state. (Associated Press)
• An Indiana school district considers installing solar panels as a cost-cutting measure. (Lebanon Reporter)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Residents in a Nebraska town have been displaced from their homes due to odors coming from a nearby waste-to-energy facility. (Sioux City Journal)

COMMENTARY: Minnesota’s 2025 Energy Action Plan will help it expand its clean energy leadership position in the Midwest and, increasingly, across the U.S. (GreenBiz)

CORRECTION: An item in Thursday’s digest misstated the day of a meeting by Missouri regulators to discuss on EV pilot project. The meeting was on Wednesday.

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.

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