COAL: Ohio University gets a $2 million federal grant, and $2 million in matching funds, to help revive economies in coal-producing regions, another $22,000 goes to a technology center in Youngstown. (Columbus Dispatch, Youngstown Vindicator)

• Minnesota advocates say renewable energy will continue to grow in the state despite the loss of a law prohibiting the import of new coal-fired electricity. (ClimateWire)
• Executives at a gathering in southern Illinois say regulations are holding back their industry: “we would hope a Trump administration would pull the plug on the Clean Power Plan and the MATS rule.” (Carbondale Southern Illinoisan)
• A federal judge says an Illinois coal plant is emitting too much soot and orders a cleanup plan. (Associated Press)

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DEVELOPMENT: Three Minnesota sites are eyed for major efforts toward net-zero development over the coming decades. (Midwest Energy News)

ETHANOL: A University of Michigan study to be released today says ethanol is worse for climate than gasoline. (Detroit Free Press)

NUCLEAR: An Illinois lawmaker says it doesn’t appear the state can follow New York’s path in supporting nuclear plants. (Illinois News Network)

MICHIGAN: Michigan’s top regulator says state lawmakers must tackle reliability and capacity issues or the state “would be dark” in ten years. (Detroit News)

• The Iowa Utilities Board will hold an emergency meeting today to hear concerns from landowners trying to stop Dakota Access pipeline construction. (Radio Iowa)
• A federal judge will rule Sept. 9 on an injunction filed by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. (Bismarck Tribune)

FRACKING: An Ohio lawmaker says a bill to introduce new fracking regulations in the state is dead for this year. (Ashtabula Star Beacon)

• Michigan cooperatives propose alternatives to net metering. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
• Construction begins on South Dakota’s largest solar project, a 1 MW array near the Pierre airport. (Pierre Capital Journal)

• Hundreds pack a school gymnasium for a hearing on a proposed South Dakota wind farm. (Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan)
• Republican South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem climbs a wind turbine, and says wind is “an important part of South Dakota’s diversified energy.” (Watertown Public Opinion)

GRID: Power producers are hoping a makeover of the Midwest grid operator’s capacity auction will make struggling power plants more viable. (Bloomberg)

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RENEWABLES: Companies in search of greener electricity are essentially becoming their own utilities. (New York Times)

• In Ohio, FirstEnergy “is shamelessly making a of mockery of traditional — and fair — utility regulation.” (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
• “We told you so” on higher electricity rates in Wisconsin. (Racine Journal Times)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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