SOLAR: Five months after the Kansas Supreme Court ruled it illegal, utility Evergy continues to collect a demand fee from customers who own solar panels. (Energy News Network)

• A historic Detroit pottery studio adds solar panels to reduce its energy costs and help offset revenue losses during the pandemic. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• Four central Illinois nonprofits will install solar projects with no upfront costs through the state’s Solar for All program. (WGLT)

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EFFICIENCY: Chicago architects work to balance needed energy efficiency upgrades with the design integrity of historic buildings. (Energy News Network)

• U.S. financial regulators are investigating FirstEnergy’s alleged $60 million bribery scheme in a separate probe from the FBI. (
FirstEnergy’s political action committee gave nearly $160,000 to dozens of state lawmakers just before several arrests involving an alleged bribery scheme around legislation benefiting the utility. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

• The North Dakota Supreme Court rules that state regulators properly refrained from getting involved in the dispute over a planned oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. (Bismarck Tribune)
• North Dakota oil and gas production grew 16% in July and is expected to rebound further this month before likely plateauing, state officials say. (Star Tribune)

An Iowa electric cooperative signs a 20-year agreement for power from a 54 MW wind project. (North American Windpower)
• A Kansas judge dismisses a lawsuit involving a planned 82-turbine wind project, allowing the developer to appeal to a higher court, which would likely take a year. (Hutchinson News)

NUCLEAR: A coalition of Illinois labor groups forms a new nonprofit promoting clean energy jobs and climate action, including preserving the state’s nuclear fleet. (The Center Square)

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COAL: Industry conditions are “not going to reverse,” an analyst says as major U.S. coal companies report a roughly $1.8 billion reduction in asset values. (S&P Global)

• Minnesota regulators should require equitable development plans with utilities’ clean energy projects, including “measurable investments” in communities most affected by the economic downturn, advocates say. (MinnPost)
• Renewable energy advocates discuss a new coalition aiming to link the region’s pandemic economic recovery with the clean energy transition. (CERTs)
• Environmental groups intervening in a regulatory case involving a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline in the Great Lakes say the “public harm from the tunnel and pipeline far outweighs the private benefits.” (Petoskey News-Review)

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.