PIPELINES: Despite a legal victory this week, the fight is likely far from over for Indigenous activists challenging the Dakota Access pipeline as one Standing Rock Reservation member reflects on the recent victory. (Rolling Stone)

ALSO:
• Another tribal member says reparations should be made for those who faced violence from authorities during Dakota Access protests in 2016. (KUNM)
• The Dakota Access pipeline operator says it could take roughly three months to empty oil from the line and preserve it for future use. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Developers of natural gas pipelines seek to differentiate themselves from projects like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that was recently canceled. (Utility Dive)
• A court ordered investigation into the status of Line 5 shows no damage to a segment in one of the twin lines in the Straits of Mackinac. (Michigan Advance) 

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UTILITIES:
• The Trump administration asks a judge to reject a proposed settlement between the Sierra Club and DTE Energy over alleged clean air violations, arguing the deal goes beyond what the federal government has approved. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)
• DTE Energy’s rates will not change through next year in an attempt to aid customers who may be struggling through the pandemic. (Detroit News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric vehicle startup Rivian is poised to be the first company with an electric pickup truck to hit the market. (CNBC)

WIND:
• State regulators approve DTE Energy’s plans for a 70-turbine wind project in eastern Michigan, part of the utility’s broader renewable energy plan. (Midland Daily News)
• Wind-supported jobs in Indiana more than doubled last year with the state ranking in the top five nationally for wind sector employment, according to an industry group’s report. (Inside Indiana Business)

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OIL & GAS: The future of the U.S. oil and gas boom is in doubt after recent setbacks involving major pipeline projects. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Purdue University physicists develop a formula for bifacial solar cells that are meant to boost the amount of energy produced from solar panels if sited correctly. (Inside Indiana Business)

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.