CLIMATE:
• Researchers say Iowa farmers should be incentivized for taking a more proactive role in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• With the European Union signing on, the Paris climate agreement will take effect legally within a month. (Climate Central)

COAL:
• Minnesota regulators are expected to decide today whether to replace units at a major coal plant with natural gas and renewables. (St. Cloud Times)
• Missouri-based Arch Coal emerges from bankruptcy with more than $300 million in cash on its balance sheet. (St. Louis Business Journal)
• An Ohio agency is offering up to $8 million for researchers to prove “clean coal” technology. (Columbus Business First)

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NUCLEAR: Anti-nuclear advocates mark the 50th anniversary of the partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor in southeast Michigan. (Toledo Blade)

FRAC SAND: Michigan may be getting closer to acquiring property along the Lake Michigan shoreline that has been owned privately for mining sand for fracking operations. (MLive)

EFFICIENCY: Two professional sports teams — the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Lions – look to cut their stadiums’ energy use by installing more efficient lighting. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, MLive)

PIPELINES:
• Federal judges “seemed skeptical” of tribal arguments for extending a work freeze on disputed sections of the Dakota Access pipeline, but aren’t expected to make a ruling for months. (Greenwire, Reuters)
• Supporters say a “dangerous precedent” would be set by revoking an already approved project, while opponents say tribal rights were violated by not seeking their input on the project. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Activists plan a 270-mile protest horseback ride along the route of the Dakota Access pipeline. (Forum News Service)

SOLAR:
• Michigan-based Consumers Energy says it’s responding to customer demand for renewable energy, most recently with two new solar garden projects. (MLive)
• Solar panels continue popping up in parks around Minneapolis. (Southwest Journal)

EMISSIONS:
• Greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and large industrial users continue to decline, the U.S. EPA reports. (Utility Dive)
• Researchers say an uptick an methane emissions may be due to an increase in agricultural output. (NPR)

CLEAN ENERGY: Minnesota recognizes the city of St. Cloud for its clean energy transition plans. (St. Cloud Times)

RENEWABLES: A design competition awards energy infrastructure projects that also double as public art installations. (Yale Environment 360)

COMMENTARY:
• A diverse cross-section of Michigan Republicans call for more renewable energy. (Oakland Press)
• In Wisconsin, the “dominant players in business and government” ignore the economic opportunities presented by developing renewable energy. (Urban Milwaukee)

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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