WIND: Iowa regulators sign off on a 2 GW wind project, expected to be the nation’s largest. (Associated Press)

• A recent court decision on pollution violations is the latest blow for a troubled Illinois coal plant. (Midwest Energy News)
• Advocates say Peabody Energy’s proposed settlement to fund mine cleanup still falls short but is a better deal than other states have seen. (St. Louis Public Radio)

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PIPELINES: A standoff protesting the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota is drawing Native American activists from all over the country. (Los Angeles Times)

• Drilling permits in Michigan are at their lowest level in 90 years amid low prices. (Detroit News)
• Activists continue to organize against fracking in southern Illinois. (Daily Egyptian)
• Businesses in Ohio are preparing for economic activity related to drilling to pick up again. (Zanesville Times Recorder)

• The rapid growth of solar power could be facing a slowdown, according to a new report. (Utility Dive)
• Churches in northwest Indiana install solar panels to help fulfill their role “as stewards taking care of what God has created.” (Chicago Tribune)
• A Minnesota tribe completes a $2.2 million solar installation. (Pine Journal)
• A Minnesota town considers investing in community solar. (Faribault Daily News)

UTILITIES: Missouri regulators cancel hearings on a proposed merger after intervenors’ concerns appear to be resolved. (Joplin Globe)

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TECHNOLOGY: A Milwaukee clean energy research consortium plans a new round of training classes starting this fall. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

• The coal industry “needs to remain nimble” to continue benefiting southern Illinois. (Carbondale Southern Illinoisan)
• Why used electric car batteries may not be the end-all solution for grid storage. (Vox)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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