RENEWABLES: General Motors announces it plans to power its global operations entirely by renewable energy by 2050. (Detroit News)

COAL: AEP is faced with two paths on whether to maintain or sell its remaining coal plants in Ohio. (Columbus Business Journal)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A new “community mapping” tool created by clean energy advocates gives policymakers and activists a national scorecard on state and local clean energy initiatives. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• A Michigan utility begins construction of a 2 MW solar array on vacant Detroit land, and will renovate a nearby playground in the process. (Detroit Free Press)
• Critics say a Minnesota county is playing politics by approving one large solar project while opposing another. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

OIL AND GAS:
• South Dakota regulators will hold a hearing on whether an oil well hole left unplugged poses an environmental danger to drinking water wells in the area. (Rapid City Journal)
• An Ohio business coalition calls for overhauling state energy policy to encourage more shale gas development and end mandates for renewable energy. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

EFFICIENCY: An Ohio town plans to gather energy information on all its residential buildings in an effort to improve efficiency. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

EMISSIONS: A proposed bill in the U.S. House calls for the online posting of information about energy projects on federal lands and associated greenhouse gas emissions. (E&E Daily)

CLIMATE: A North Dakota city is challenged with dealing with record flood levels in recent years. (ClimateWire)

PIPELINES:
• An industry front group supporting the Dakota Access pipeline may be creating fake Twitter accounts to convey a pro-pipeline message on social media. (DeSmog)
• Dakota Access protesters say a lawsuit filed by the pipeline developer against them should be dismissed. (Associated Press)
• The FBI is investigating anonymous threats made against political leaders, law enforcement and Dakota Access construction workers. (KCCI-TV)
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Workers on the Dakota Access pipeline are putting in 12-hour days, 7 days a week. (Des Moines Register)
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A Native American University of Wisconsin basketball player says he’s joining the Dakota Access protest movement. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• Attorneys say backers of the Dakota Access pipeline will face $430 million in losses and “innumerable other harms” if the project is halted. (EnergyWire)

TRANSPORTATION:
• A congressional panel will focus on new fuel efficiency rules in an upcoming hearing amid growing concerns from automakers. (Reuters)
• Electric bicycle sales are growing in Minnesota, though they are receiving mixed reactions from riders. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

MICROGRIDS: A Missouri engineering firm is awarded $1.5 million to help develop microgrid technology in Hawaii. (Pacific Business News)

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UTILITIES: Missouri regulators say utilities in the state will no longer be able to accept customer payments through payday lenders. (St. Louis Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: Enbridge says its pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac is “is as safe today as the day it was commissioned.” (Detroit News)

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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