OHIO:  Repealing Ohio’s power plant bailout would save ratepayers money and provide environmental benefits if clean energy standards are reinstated, repeal supporters say. (Energy News Network/Eye on Ohio)

ALSO: A pair of shareholder lawsuits are filed in federal court claiming FirstEnergy leadership didn’t disclose the company’s role in the alleged bribery scheme surrounding the bailout law. (Bloomberg Law, subscription)

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WIND: A developer abandons plans for a 200 MW wind project in southern Indiana, citing new zoning rules that made the project impossible. (Evansville Courier & Press)

NUCLEAR: University of Illinois researchers hope to bring a micronuclear reactor to campus to demonstrate the potential to heat buildings and reduce fossil fuel use. (Champaign News-Gazette)

EFFICIENCY: A Wisconsin farm is saving $15,000 a month on electricity costs after installing an energy efficient grain dryer. (Wisconsin State Farmer)

SOLAR: A metro St. Louis area of southern Illinois is seeing a surge of solar installations through a group-purchasing program. (Alton Telegraph)

POLICY: U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette touts “energy independence” and claims renewable energy is still dependent on “baseload” power during a visit to North Dakota this week. (Williston Herald) 

• The Cleveland City Council plans a series of hearings over the coming weeks on the finances and operations of the city’s municipal utility. (WOSU)
• Ameren and ComEd agree to extend a moratorium on utility disconnections through Sept. 10, while several natural gas providers agree to an extension through September. (WIFR)

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OIL & GAS: A U.S. Forest Service official discusses the backlog of requests for oil and gas leasing permits in North Dakota during a recent visit to the state. (Bismarck Tribune)

• The head of a nuclear energy trade group says nuclear plants are still necessary to keep power sector emissions low despite the “frustrating and even heartbreaking” scandal unfolding in Ohio. (Cleveland.com)
• Minnesota lawmakers should avoid ousting Gov. Tim Walz’s agency appointees over political disagreements including the Line 3 pipeline, an editorial board says. (Star Tribune)

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.