UTILITIES: Former Wisconsin utility regulator Mike Huebsch applied to lead one of the state’s largest utilities shortly after voting to approve projects that benefited the company. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COAL:
• Environmental groups say Duke Energy is overcharging Indiana customers millions of dollars to dispatch uneconomic coal plants when cheaper alternatives are available. (E&E News, subscription)
• Illinois Basin coal production dropped 45% in the second quarter compared to the same period last year. (S&P Global)

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NUCLEAR:
• Exelon’s CEO apologizes for subsidiary ComEd’s involvement in a bribery scheme with state lawmakers but says the company still needs favorable policies for its Illinois nuclear plants. (Greentech Media)
• An activist group renews its effort to cancel a 20-year license extension for a southeastern Michigan nuclear plant. (Toledo Blade)

SOLAR:
• A graphic design and printing company installs a 1.3 MW rooftop solar project at its St. Paul, Minnesota, headquarters, making it the largest project in the city. (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)
• Local officials in a western Michigan city expect to save more than $350,000 in energy costs after installing solar panels on municipal buildings. (MLive)
• An eastern Iowa county awards a contract to develop solar projects on seven municipal buildings. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)
• A Wisconsin school district advances plans to install solar panels on two high schools. (WEAU)

EMISSIONS:
• A rural University of Minnesota campus generates about 60% of its electricity from renewable energy while meeting a net carbon neutral target. (Star Tribune)
• WEC Energy Group pledges to be carbon neutral by 2050 and spend $900 million on renewable energy over the next four years, though the company has no plans to close its Oak Creek coal plant. (Wisconsin Public Radio, Milwaukee Business Journal)

PIPELINES: After a recent court ruling involving the Keystone XL pipeline, the Army Corps of Engineers proposes to separate oil and gas pipelines from a permitting program involving utility projects that cross waterways. (E&E News, subscription)

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HYDROELECTRIC: The owner of a former hydroelectric dam that failed in eastern Michigan earlier this year files for bankruptcy. (Bridge Magazine)

COMMENTARY:
• The recent ComEd scandal provides an opportunity for Illinois lawmakers to pass an ambitious long-term clean energy plan, an editorial board says. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• An attorney and clean energy advocate says Ohio regulators should allow a pilot offshore wind project in Lake Erie to move forward without significant restrictions. (Utility Dive)

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.