COAL: FirstEnergy says it will close four of the seven units at its controversial Sammis coal plant in Ohio by 2020. (Toledo Blade)

TRANSPORTATION: As part of a legal settlement with the Sierra Club last week, Ameren Missouri agrees to provide between $1 million and $2 million toward the electrification of buses in the St. Louis area. (Midwest Energy News)

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OIL AND GAS:
• Activists say federal regulators are not coming down hard enough on BP over an oil spill that occurred at its Indiana refinery in 2014. (Midwest Energy News)
• A company will continue searching for oil deposits on Indiana State University’s property. (Associated Press)
• Tribal members are running from North Dakota to Washington D.C. to protest the Dakota Access pipeline project. (WHO-TV)

CLEAN ENERGY: A panel discussion in Minneapolis today will discuss conservative approaches to clean energy policy. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: The developer of an offshore wind project in Lake Erie discusses the “giant suction cup” technology that will make the project work. (Pacific Standard)

ELECTRIC CHOICE: Most alternative energy suppliers operating in Michigan say they would have to shut down by 2018 under proposed legislation. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

EFFICIENCY:
• Energy efficiency is playing an increasingly important role for Michigan farmers. (MLive)
• U.S. data centers are putting a greater emphasis on energy efficiency and sourcing their power from renewables. (NPR)

UTILITIES:
• Alternative energy suppliers in Michigan “do more than purchase cheap electricity off the retail energy market” and resell it for cheaper than investor-owned utilities. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s support for electric cooperatives “has been unwavering.” (Electric Co-Op Today)

BIOGAS: A major anaerobic digestion project in Missouri is set to come online next month, “the start of what is intended to be a much broader marriage of renewable energy and agribusiness.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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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