SOLAR: Critics of new legislation in Iowa requiring external disconnection devices on customer-owned systems say it is meant to discourage distributed generation. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO
• Federal grants help launch clean-energy projects on tribal lands, including a 600 kw solar installation at a North Dakota College. (Bismarck Tribune)
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A proposed $60 million solar project on a contaminated industrial site in Illinois is drawing local opposition. (Southern Illinoisan) 

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BIOFUEL: An Iowa biodiesel plant shuts down amid uncertainty over federal Renewable Fuel Standard and tax credits. (Dubuque Telegraph Herald)

WIND
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Residents are now seeking a temporary injunction against further development of a wind farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Background on the case here. (MLive, Midwest Energy News archives)
• Clean-energy developers in Kansas, particularly for wind, could have property tax exemptions phased out under a proposal in the Legislature. (Associated Press)
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Developers in North Dakota are revising plans for a 150 MW wind farm, lessening the project footprint and reducing the impact on endangered bird species. (Associated Press)

COAL: One employee is injured after a fire breaks out at an Xcel Energy coal plant in Minnesota. (Minneapolis StarTribune) 

PETCOKE: Hundreds speak out against sulfur dioxide pollution in southeast Michigan. (The News-Herald)

TRANSMISSION: The Wisconsin Public Service Commission could vote within the next week on a proposed $900 million transmission project meant to lower rates and boost reliability. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

OIL AND GAS
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Federal regulators quietly propose rewriting national oil pipeline safety rules, much of U.S. network would be subject to extensive tests. (EnergyWire)
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As banks retreat from financing shale projects, private equity firms are stepping in. (Forbes)
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Iowa labor union campaigns in support of 343-mile Dakota Access Pipeline to transport oil from North Dakota to Illinois. (WHO-TV)
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A report says that lifting the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports would create hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the country. (Reuters) 

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CLEAN POWER PLAN: Federal officials and stakeholders gather to discuss how an interstate trading market might help states comply with federal emissions rules. (EnergyWire) 

COMMENTARY
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Dispelling the myth that rooftop solar only benefits ratepayers who install it. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
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It’s a ‘shame’ Ann Arbor lost out on a major solar project due to a lack of governmental cooperation. (Ann Arbor 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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