• Two weeks before two highly anticipated studies about the future of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline were to be published, the state of Michigan terminates an agreement with one of the contractors, citing a conflict of interest with an employee. (Midwest Energy News)
• A judge allows oil to keep flowing through the Dakota Access pipeline this summer while further environmental review is conducted. (Reuters)

GRID: A new report by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation says the power grid is remaining reliable and resilient amid the growth of variable, distributed generation. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: As wind energy deployment grows in the Great Plains, opponents raise questions about its reliability, though experts say there isn’t cause for concern. (NPR)

NUCLEAR: A Michigan utility is among several in the U.S. with a construction and operating license for a new nuclear reactor that “creates an option down the road.” (Utility Dive)

COAL: Ohio coal CEO Robert Murray files a defamation lawsuit against TV host John Oliver over a segment critical of Murray and the coal industry. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

• A Wisconsin county postpones a decision to install privately funded solar panels on government buildings. (Baraboo News Republic)
• A nature center in southwest Michigan will now meet 30 percent of its electricity needs through solar. (WMUK)
• A deadline is approaching to apply for financial assistance for residential solar installations in the Cincinnati area. (WCPO)

UTILITIES: Ohio utility regulators rule that submetering companies can’t charge more than what households would pay to their local regulated utility. (Columbus Dispatch)

DIVESTMENT: Indiana’s attorney general joins officials from 12 other states in signing a letter to the California insurance commissioner, “asking that he stop pressing insurance companies to publicly disclose fossil fuel investments and divest from the coal industry.” (Associated Press)

CLEAN ENERGY: Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is launching a research think tank and advisory firm focused on clean energy innovation. (E&E 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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