CARBON CAPTURE: EPA approves permits for key part of FutureGen carbon capture and sequestration project in Illinois. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: While solar deployment lags statewide, researchers in Michigan are on the frontlines of new solar technology. (Midwest Energy News)

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PIPELINE: Duke Energy, Dominion Resources and others propose $5 billion, 550-mile pipeline to deliver natural gas from Marcellus and Utica shales to southeast U.S. Opponents concerned proposed route would run through George Washington National Forest. (Associated Press, Climate Progress)

OIL: Local officials ask Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to address safety, traffic concerns over oil-transporting trains. (Minnesota Public Radio)

COAL ASH: Report: Coal ash blamed for high rate of cancer among inmates at Pennsylvania prison, facility should be closed. (Reuters)

FRACKING: For the fourth time, Youngstown, Ohio residents will vote on ballot proposal to ban fracking there. (The Vindicator)

OIL SPILL: Halliburton agrees to pay $1.1 billion in damages for Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (New York Times)

RATES: Aluminum manufacturer says it will lay off 200 employees after Missouri Public Service Commission denies its request for lower electricity rates. For the first time in Ohio, a majority of industrial power users have switched from AEP to alternative suppliers. (Associated Press, Columbus Business First)

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UTILITY: In another round of mergers, Dublin, Ohio-based IGS Energy purchases local rival Border Energy. (Columbus Dispatch)

COMMENTARY: Five reasons why Wisconsin utility plans are bad for business. (Midwest Energy News)

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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