SOLAR: A $30 million green bank in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, built from public and private donations as well as conventional loans, could double the county’s solar output in five years, according to a new report. (

• Wisconsin regulators approve plans for a 9 MW solar project at a Dane County airport, which is expected to meet 40% of the county’s electricity needs. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Construction has begun on a 150 MW solar project in eastern Wisconsin. (WLUK)
• In Minnesota, which accounts for more than one-third of the U.S. community solar market, Xcel Energy reports about 16,700 residential subscribers in the state’s program. (Greentech Media)
• The smog reduction as a result of less driving, flying and industrial activity could improve the efficiency of solar panels. (Grist)

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PIPELINES: The Army Corps of Engineers asks a federal judge to allow the Dakota Access pipeline to keep operating while the agency redoes part of its environmental analysis of the project. (E&E News, subscription)

• An Iowa congresswoman co-sponsors a bill to issue $500 million in fuel infrastructure grants so higher levels of ethanol and biodiesel could be blended. (Radio Iowa)
• Former Iowa Gov. and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the state’s biofuels industry is in “very, very serious shape.” (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

• The Ohio EPA issues a wastewater discharge permit for a planned surface coal mine in southeastern Ohio. (Athens News)
• An Ohio coal plant scheduled to be decommissioned later this month burns the last of its coal supplies. (Columbus Dispatch)
• A request by Consol Energy — a rival and major lender to Murray Energy as it moves through bankruptcy — to pursue liquidation of Murray Energy could put 2,000 miners out of work, a coal labor union says. (Wheeling News-Register)

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UTILITIES: DTE Energy will offer $30 million to $40 million in electric bill relief to customers this summer as a result of lower generating and fuel costs. (Detroit Free Press)

FRAC SAND: A Wisconsin frac sand producer lays off 55 employees, citing the COVID-19 pandemic and underlying market challenges. (Tomah Journal)

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.