MICROGRIDS: The rise of microgrid technology in Illinois shows parallels to the recent evolution in telecommunications. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• A consignment store chain in Iowa expects to save $75,000 a year on electricity bills by installing solar panels at two of its stores. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Community solar projects are increasingly accessible for more residents, including renters and apartment dwellers. (Bloomberg)

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PIPELINES:
• Iowa landowners want state regulators to investigate possible permit violations by the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline during its construction; company officials deny the claims. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• A federal judge in North Dakota has ordered protesters not to interfere with construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. (KCCI-TV)
• Royal Dutch Shell wants to build a 94-mile pipeline to move ethane through Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

CLIMATE:
• The Obama administration announces fuel-efficiency standards to reduce emissions from heavy-duty trucks and other large vehicles as part of a climate change goal focused on transportation. (New York Times)
• 
Advocates debate whether existing technologies can help solve climate change problems or whether a major “breakthrough” is necessary. (ClimateWire)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE:
• Southeast Michigan residents say their civil rights are being violated due to ongoing air pollution from fossil fuels in the area. (The Voice)
• The state will monitor air quality in a Detroit neighborhood after input from community members. (Associated Press)

ILLINOIS: An out-of-state alternative energy supplier operating in Illinois may issue millions of dollars in rebates to customers over misleading claims about the source of its electricity. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

BIOMASS: Energy production from burning wood is slumping as the industry and the U.S. EPA spar over its emission impacts. (Climate Central)

REGULATION: The Michigan Senate will meet in early September to consider the appointment of a former BP lobbyist as head of the state’s Department of Environmental Quality. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• The University of Missouri’s campus power plant has steadily burned less coal since 2008, giving way to more biomass and natural gas. (Columbia Missourian)
• A new report says major coal lobbying groups have been steadily losing member companies in recent years. (Grist)

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MERGER: The list of entities intervening in a proposed $12.2 billion merger between Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy continues to grow. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

OIL AND GAS:
• The CEO of a Minnesota-based oil and gas company is fired after federal regulators indicate he may have violated securities laws. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• An Ohio resident is speaking out against a plan to inject fracking waste into a well near her home and a nearby airport. (Youngstown Vindicator)

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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