ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors announces a deal giving it a $2 billion stake in electric truck maker Nikola that will eventually reduce costs for both companies and help GM commercialize its EV technology. (Detroit Free Press)

COAL: The Trump administration’s rollback of regulations involving pollutants from coal plants will likely benefit a major Wisconsin power plant along Lake Michigan. (Chicago Tribune)

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SOLAR:
• County officials in northwestern Indiana advance regulations for commercial-scale solar projects on agricultural land. (Times of Northwest Indiana)
• Local officials approve plans for a nearly 2.5 MW solar project on a former landfill in northern Illinois, due largely to its proximity to grid infrastructure. (Chicago Tribune)
• The Ohio Power Siting Board sets a hearing for next month on a planned 200 MW solar project in southern Ohio. (WCMH)

OHIO: Resolving the dispute over Ohio’s power plant bailout law at the center of a bribery scandal is among the top agenda items for new House Speaker and longtime lawmaker Bob Cupp. (Cleveland.com)

PIPELINES: U.S. Coast Guard officials say vessels contracted by Enbridge likely damaged the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac earlier this year. (Detroit News)

POLITICS: Potential shifts in the makeup of state legislatures in Michigan and Minnesota after the November election could bolster clean energy efforts. (S&P Global)

OIL & GAS: The U.S. EPA plans to fine a Michigan oil and gas company nearly $75,000 for keeping inaccurate records on injection well operations. (MLive)

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UTILITIES: Alliant Energy is recognized by a trade publication as a top company in its sector for economic development, including for $1.2 billion in capital investments in Wisconsin and Iowa last year. (WisBusiness)

COMMENTARY:
• A Michigan trade group representing petroleum companies and convenience stores says a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline is needed for “reliability and certainty.” (Bridge Magazine)
• Several Midwest states are exploring performance-based regulations for utilities, which remains among top trends in the power sector, according to an advanced energy trade group. (Greentech Media)

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.