PIPELINES: Observers say the federal government’s involvement in calling for the Dakota Access pipeline developer to halt construction in a key portion of the project is unprecedented. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• While some hailed the government’s announcement, not all who oppose the pipeline are optimistic about its decision and future of the project. (Reuters, DeSmog)
• An arrest warrant is issued for reporter Amy Goodman on trespassing charges after covering the pipeline protests in North Dakota. (Democracy Now!)

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EFFICIENCY:
• A Michigan company looks to make windows in buildings more energy efficient without having to replace them. (Midwest Energy News)
• A Nebraska utility says it needs to increase fixed charges because its customers’ electric use patterns have “fundamentally shifted.” (Lincoln Journal Star)

COAL: The U.S.’s aging coal fleet will be a major driver of coal retirements through 2020, experts say. (SNL)

BIOFUELS: Local and state officials notify the operator of a biodigester facility in Michigan that the stench coming from the facility is a public nuisance that the company must address. (MLive)

OIL AND GAS: The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency approves five natural gas compressor sites across the state to support a planned gas pipeline project that is still under review by federal regulators. (Toledo Blade, Martins Ferry Times Leader)

POLICY: Time is running out for Michigan lawmakers to craft a comprehensive energy bill package this session. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

UTILITIES:
• Exelon is working to build support with Dynegy, which operates coal-fired power plants in Illinois, on energy reform bills. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• AEP Ohio continues to seek support from other utilities for its restructuring plan that would support unprofitable coal plants. (Columbus Business First)

GRID: One weather scientist continues to push for the buildout of a nationwide super grid to improve access to renewable energy generation. (ClimateWire)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla is “steadfastly eroding” the way vehicles have traditionally been sold in the U.S. by avoiding the third-party dealership model. (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY:
• As a national carbon tax looks out of reach politically, lawmakers should seek to tackle carbon emissions from natural gas specifically. (Bloomberg View)
• The latest plan calling for more natural gas generation in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to ease reliability concerns “sounds like a good move.” (Marquette Mining 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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