COAL: In a victory for North Dakota, a federal appeals court upholds a ruling that a 2007 Minnesota law illegally regulates out-of-state utilities by restricting coal electricity imports. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

ALSO:
• An Illinois researcher is using 150-year-old technology to increase the efficiency of removing greenhouse gas pollutants from coal. (Midwest Energy News)
• The prospect of coal’s demise in Illinois “sparks fear and nostalgia.” (Chicago Reader)

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NUCLEAR: “Subsidized wind energy” — along with low wholesale power prices due to cheap natural gas — is driving the uncertainty of two of Exelon’s nuclear power plants in Illinois, the utility says. (EnergyWire)

RENEWABLES: The opposition to increasing Michigan’s renewable portfolio standard comes from lawmakers, not utilities. (MLive)

PIPELINES:
• Iowa landowners are appealing a recent court ruling that allows the use of eminent domain to build the Dakota Access pipeline. (Radio Iowa) 
• Groups organize in downtown Cincinnati against a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run through the city. (WLWT-TV)

SOLAR:
• The batteries for a major solar-plus-storage project in Ohio have been installed. (Cleantechnica)
• Plans move forward for a 7-megawatt solar project at a former steel plant site in Indiana. (Kokomo Tribune)
• The U.S. Chamber of Commerce attacks solar net metering as part of a new campaign. (Grist)

FRAC SAND: A Minnesota county board passes a proposed frac sand mining ban on to a planning commission for further study. (Winona Post)

OIL AND GAS:
• April brought the largest drop ever in North Dakota’s oil production. (Forum News Service)
• Roughly 770 barrels of saltwater spilled, was contained and recovered at a drilling site in North Dakota. (Associated Press)

CLEAN TECH: Local officials are encouraged to provide funding support for an energy technology incubator that serves northeast Ohio. (Youngstown Vindicator)

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EFFICIENCY: Two southern Ohio school districts are recognized for their investments in LED lighting and other energy efficiency measures. (Huntington Herald-Dispatch)

COMMENTARY: Wind and solar will not easily fill the gap in zero-emissions generation lost due to nuclear plant closures. (Los Angeles Times)

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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