SOLAR:
• The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe install a fifth solar project on its reservation in Minnesota to help low-income residents. (Bemidji Pioneer)
• Organizers in an Indiana city are launching an effort to get new solar installation contracts signed ahead of net metering changes. (Indiana Public Media)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• The University of Minnesota has a “multi-pronged” approach to long-term clean energy investments, culminating in a goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. (Midwest Energy News)
• The Michigan Agency for Energy is offering $100,000 in grants to entities that launch energy efficiency or renewable energy projects with a public benefit. (The Peninsula)
• Utility officials gathered in Wisconsin discuss how clean energy can translate into lower rates for customers. (WXOW)

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PIPELINES:
• North Dakota regulators propose a $15,000 settlement with the Dakota Access pipeline developer over improperly reporting Native American artifacts during construction. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Nebraska farmers and landowners vow to continue fighting the Keystone XL pipeline in court if state regulators approve new construction through the state. (Bloomberg)
• Minnesota is adding another layer of scrutiny to the environmental review process of Enbridge’s planned Line 3 pipeline replacement and expansion. (Duluth News Tribune)

WIND:
• While small, distributed wind installations are growing in popularity in Ohio, the state still lags in utility-scale wind projects due largely to opposition from state lawmakers. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• A South Dakota judge rules in favor of concerned residents who sought wind turbine setbacks of three-quarters of a mile at what will be the largest wind project in the state. (Watertown Public Opinion)

BIOFUELS: A North Dakota ethanol plant is offering corn growers higher prices per bushel to replace what’s been lost in drought-stricken fields. (Bismarck Tribune)

SMART GRID:
• More than 60,000 Ameren gas and electric customers in central Illinois will have smart meters installed in the coming months. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
• DTE Energy is issuing shut-off notices to some customers in southeast Michigan who refuse to give up their analog meters. (MLive)

COAL: Missouri-based coal company Armstrong Energy says it may be necessary to file for bankruptcy, citing “recurring losses from operations.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

OIL AND GAS:
• The federal government halts drilling at a series of oil wells near a lake and a resort in North Dakota that falls within the boundaries of a tribal reservation. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A Canadian energy company offers to buy an oil refinery in Superior, Wisconsin for $435 million. (Milwaukee Business Journal)
• A company in Youngstown, Ohio is suing the developer of a proposed natural gas plant for $6.9 million over a property sale agreement. (Youngstown Vindicator)

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EFFICIENCY: A library in Saginaw, Michigan is a finalist in the state’s annual Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards for various energy efficiency investments. (MLive)

COMMENTARY:
• A solar company says customer demand and cheaper prices are driving “large, voluntary, non-mandated growth of community solar in co-ops and public power utilities.” (Energy Collective)
• An official with NRG says zero-emissions credits for nuclear plants like those in Illinois are “bad public policy” and “no win for renewables.” (Greentech Media)

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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