CLEAN TECH: Researchers in Illinois take a new approach to using the sun’s energy to convert carbon dioxide into fuel. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL:
• An Indiana utility plans to “significantly reduce” its coal-fired generation, retiring a plant by 2018 and most of another one in 2023. (Northwest Indiana Times)
• “States were never supposed to face this situation” of accepting a fraction of the cost of paying for coal mine cleanup when companies go bankrupt. (Marketplace)

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SOLAR:
• Large, commercial-scale solar installations “are rapidly rising up across Ohio,” an analysis of state records shows. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• A 1-megawatt solar project is unveiled that will meet 10 percent of a Minnesota casino’s electric needs. (Bemidji Pioneer)

EFFICIENCY: Consumer advocates in Ohio say one natural gas company’s home energy audit program amounts to a subsidy from other customers and that efficiency measures could be pursued through “countless free-market channels.” (Columbus Dispatch)

WIND:
• A company looks to develop a 36,000-acre, 201-megawatt wind project in South Dakota. (Associated Press)
• Indiana’s wind industry continues to grow despite regulatory and development challenges. (Lakeshore Public Media)

PIPELINES: Iowa regulators will hear oral arguments Thursday on a petition to halt construction on the Dakota Access pipeline over eminent domain concerns. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

FRAC SAND: Local officials in Iowa give initial approval to rezone nearly 750 acres allowing for an expansion of a frac sand mine. (Radio Iowa)

OIL AND GAS:
• A city commission in North Dakota adopts an ordinance that will eliminate oil field crew camps within city limits. (Associated Press)
• A researcher in Michigan says utilities have “little incentive” to plug natural gas leaks. (Michigan Radio)

BIOFUELS: Local officials in Nebraska approve a land sale that will become the future site of a $3.75 million biomass plant. (Sioux City Journal)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla says its latest version of the Model S electric vehicle is now the fastest car being produced in the world. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• While disputes over net metering “may get the headlines,” the underlying issue is with creating equitable rate structures to fit a 21st-century grid. (Governing)
• Electric choice advocates in Michigan say the market structure “has been routinely outperforming traditional monopolies in terms of price” since the recession of 2008-09. (Utility Dive)

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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