PIPELINES: A federal judge rules the Dakota Access pipeline must be shut down and emptied of oil by Aug. 5 pending an environmental review. (NPR)

• The U.S. Supreme Court rejects a Trump administration request to allow construction on parts of the Keystone XL pipeline but temporarily revives a permitting program allowing pipelines to cross waterways elsewhere. (New York Times)
• Along with the canceling of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the recent pipeline setbacks for the fossil fuel industry were driven by Indigenous and environmental activists. (The New Republic)

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• Minnesota’s community solar program continues to be a national leader despite recent setbacks related to the pandemic, legislative opposition and other market forces that could have slowed growth. (Energy News Network)

• Construction of one of Wisconsin’s first large-scale solar projects could be delayed up to a year due to pending tariffs on imported solar panels. (Wisconsin State Journal)
•  Energy Harbor will pay nearly $66 million to cancel a solar power purchase agreement signed by its predecessor FirstEnergy Solutions. (RTO Insider)

• A Wisconsin utility regulator says the state is poised for a major transition to renewable energy and investments in demand-side resources. (Utility Dive)
• At least one Iowa community pursues solar and energy efficiency investments as a jobs program and to help low-income residents. (Yale Climate Connections)

GRID: Most of the 5.9 gigawatts of generation under construction in grid operator MISO’s service territory is wind and solar. (S&P Global)

• A consulting firm and college partner to create a wind turbine technician training program in North Dakota. (Minot Daily News)
• Construction begins on a $300 million, 75-turbine wind project in rural northwestern Ohio. (Columbus Dispatch)
• American Electric Power still plans a $2 billion wind energy investment in Oklahoma despite a recent decision from Texas regulators related to the project. (Columbus Business First)

UTILITIES: Environmental groups push back on Minnesota Power’s request to extend the deadline for filing its long-term energy plan. (Duluth News Tribune)

NUCLEAR: A swarm of newly hatched mayflies causes a southeastern Michigan nuclear plant’s offsite power lines to shut down. (Toledo Blade)

• Declining costs of wind and solar are setting up a new dispute between clean energy advocates and the natural gas industry. (New York Times)
• Berkshire Hathaway agrees to a $9.7 billion investment in Dominion Energy’s natural gas transmission and storage business a year after chairman and CEO Warren Buffett said he mistakenly invested in an oil company. (E&E News, subscription)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla “supercharger” stations are installed in four North Dakota cities, which one EV driver calls “massively transformational.” (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY: The owner of a northern Michigan ferry service says “we could never withstand the economic hit” of a potential oil pipeline spill in the Straits of Mackinac. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

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.