SOLAR: Illinois lawmakers have adopted new interconnection standards that will make the solar siting and installation process significantly quicker and cheaper. (Midwest Energy News)

• Missouri’s largest utility wants to launch a pilot program that installs  solar projects on commercial and industrial customers’ rooftops. (EnergyWire)
• An aerial look at Minnesota’s largest solar farm, a 100-megawatt project set to go online in December. (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)

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NUCLEAR: Illinois lawmakers will continue their push to save Exelon’s struggling nuclear plants in an upcoming fall veto session. (Decatur Herald and Review)

CLIMATE: Scientists discover a chemical reaction that turns carbon dioxide into ethanol, which could be used to power generators and vehicles. (Popular Mechanics)

WIND: A local zoning board in South Dakota denies a developer’s proposal for a 48-megawatt wind project. (Watertown Public Opinion)

UTILITIES: Kansas regulators say they still have insufficient information about potential cost savings through the proposed acquisition of Westar Energy by Great Plains Energy. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

• North Dakota regulators say they are surprised at the backlash and protests surrounding the Dakota Access pipeline, saying tribal groups “didn’t come to the table when they were invited.” (EnergyWire)
• Opponents in an Iowa congressional race say they each have concerns about the use of eminent domain for the Dakota Access pipeline. (Radio Iowa)

OHIO: New data show there are fewer industrial electric customers in Ohio since 2010 and those remaining are paying higher rates. (Columbus Business First)

FRACKING: Plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit blaming earthquakes in Oklahoma on fracking plan to refile their case in state court, which could pay off for them in the long run. (Forbes)

• A year after a major natural gas leak in Los Angeles, a federal task force is recommending dozens of safety changes for natural gas storage sites across the country. (Associated Press)
• North Dakota officials are investigating an oil and brine spill that has released about 70 barrels. (Bismarck Tribune)
• North Dakota says it is not trying to claim oil and gas mineral rights under Lake Sakakawea as some landowners feared. (Forum News Service)
• Analysts say big oil companies are learning to become more efficient during the industry’s downturn, which could make them stronger in the long run. (New York Times)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Lincoln, Nebraska looks to boost EV adoption by buying its own vehicle and installing charging stations around the city. (Lincoln Journal Star)

• The North Dakota coal industry’s approach to embracing a carbon-free future by investing in new technology “makes sense.” (Bismarck Tribune)
• Biomass “can and should” play an important role in Michigan’s “no-regrets” energy policy. (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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