COGENERATION: Combined heat and power give Midwestern paper mills a boost as industry goes through tough times. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR: Illinois will spend up to $30 million to expand solar. (Associated Press)

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EFFICIENCY: LED street lights could save Detroit $1.5 million a year in electricity costs. (CBS Detroit)

COAL: Controversial coal-plant permit in Kansas heads back to court as Sierra Club files legal challenge over emissions concerns. (Reuters)

BIOFUELS: Iowa motorists set new first-quarter record for ethanol purchases. (Ethanol Producer Magazine)

WIND: Michigan’s renewable energy portfolio is being led by wind. (Detroit Free Press)

GRID: Northeastern states lead by turning to microgrid deployment in preparation for future storms, climate change. (EnergyWire)

NUCLEAR: Missouri ‘epitomizes’ challenges in developing new nuclear projects. (EnergyWire)

TRANSMISSION: Mid-Atlantic transmission operator takes new multi-driver approach for developing new lines. (SNL)

EFFICIENCY: Atrium renovation at Mall of America seeks to improve energy efficiency, cut down on heating and cooling costs. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COAL ASH: Ambitious coal-ash bill advances in North Carolina, would require Duke Energy to close 33 coal-ash ponds within 15 years. (Triad Business Journal)

AUTO: Milwaukee-based Harley Davidson jumps into electric vehicle fray. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: U.S. Supreme Court got it right with most recent EPA rulings. (Dallas Morning 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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