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ACTIVISM: ‘Toxic Avenger’ Sandra Steingraber keeps a watchful eye on hydraulic fracturing industry. (Midwest Energy News)

UTILITY: Illinois attorney general accuses utility of having its customers pay for $87.9 million in employee bonuses. (Chicago Tribune)

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PIPELINE: More than a dozen environmental groups call on Michigan officials to push harder for oil-pipeline safety beneath Straits of Mackinac. (Associated Press)

COAL: Illinois-based Vectren Fuels will be sold to Sunrise Coal LLC for $296 million, future of 850 mining jobs uncertain. (Evansville Courier & Press)

BAKKEN: Hydraulic fracturing drillers in North Dakota are forced to burn excess gas due to lack of infrastructure, regulations. (Wall Street Journal)

SOLAR: Michigan-based Consumers Energy chooses 22 participants for continued solar ‘experiment.’ (MLive)

RENEWABLE: By 2030, renewables are expected to generate triple the capacity of new fossil fuels. (GreenWire)

NATURAL GAS: Kansas’ first public-access filling station for cars running on compressed natural gas opens. (Wichita Business Journal)

PIPELINE: Oil-pipeline expansion plans in North Dakota come with fears over safety. (Christian Science Monitor)

SOLAR: Decommissioned landfill in New York state to become 2.3 MW solar array. (CleanTechnica)

ETHANOL: Damage from an explosion at an ethanol plant in Kansas could top $1 million. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Two solar companies sue state of Arizona over tax on solar leases. (Arizona Republic)

COMMENTARY: Advancing clean energy is about more than tax credits. (Daily Iowan)

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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