GRID: Xcel Energy is updating an online mapping tool that details grid congestion, which would help clean energy developers determine where to site projects. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Improving transmission along the seam of the Southwest Power Pool and grid operator MISO’s territory could unlock large amounts of wind power, but doing so remains complex. (Greentech Media) 

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WIND: The Ohio Power Siting Board is expected to reject calls to revisit a May ruling that critics say would doom the first offshore wind project in the Great Lakes. (Cleveland.com)

UTILITIES: Xcel Energy is among the five biggest U.S. utilities that have made net-zero carbon pledges by 2050. (Greentech Media)

COAL:
Murray Energy emerges from bankruptcy as American Consolidated Natural Resources and is the largest privately owned U.S. coal operator with mines in five states. (Associated Press)
• MISO’s independent market monitor says uneconomic self-commitments of coal plants aren’t as widespread as critics say. (RTO Insider, subscription)

PIPELINES: A federal judge’s ruling on whether to halt oil flowing in the Dakota Access pipeline likely won’t come until after the November election. (Bismarck Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A widespread transition to electric vehicles could help avoid $72 billion in public health costs nationally by 2050, according to the American Lung Association. (Smart Cities Dive)

SOLAR:
• More than a dozen Indiana environmental groups issue a letter to a state task force urging it to include distributed energy in the state’s long-term energy plan. (WBOI)
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources selects a private developer to install solar panels at a state fish hatchery. (9&10 News)

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BIOFUELS: Former Democratic Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack calls President Trump a “Johnny-come-lately” when it comes to supporting the ethanol industry. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• Advanced energy like wind, solar, energy storage and efficiency is the “most cost-effective option for Indiana” to improve energy affordability and attract more businesses to the state, a Republican lawmaker says. (Indianapolis Star)
• The chairman and president of BP America supports Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s clean energy plan and climate bill that includes a price on carbon. (Southern Illinoisan)

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.