TRANSMISSION: Farmers and landowners gather in opposition to a proposed 500-mile transmission line to take wind energy eastward from Iowa. (Cedar Valley Business Monthly)

NATURAL GAS: State agency challenges latest Ohio town in court over drilling ban. Meanwhile, natural gas boom in Appalachia is ‘drowning out coal industry’s battle cries.’ (Midwest Energy News, Forbes)

BAKKEN: In North Dakota, regulatory oversight of oil and gas development ‘built on neighborly trust, verbal warnings and second chances.’ (New York Times)

POLITICS: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first reelection campaign commercial distills 10 years of fighting over coal plants into 30 seconds. (Chicago Reader)

RENEWABLES: In some markets, wind and solar is cheaper than natural gas and coal, while in the Southwest Power Pool, wind energy saved states $1.2 billion last year, a report finds. (New York Times, Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: Advocates ‘stumped’ as Obama administration steps away from renewable fuel mandate; fuel manufacturer group threatens to sue EPA. (Greenwire, The Hill)

ELECTRIC VEHICLE: Carmaker Audi plans to unveil a 300-mile electric car in January at Detroit auto show. (Gas2)

SECURITY: NSA director says cyberattackers have ability to penetrate infrastructure, including U.S. power grid. (EnergyWire)

PIPELINE: A Michigan utility says there is no immediate danger from a natural-gas pipeline incident over the weekend. (CBS Detroit)

MERGER: FERC approves merger of Pepco Holdings and Chicago-based Exelon, moving it closer to becoming mid-Atlantic’s largest electricity provider. (Washington Post)

DEMAND RESPONSE: Federal legislation would give FERC authority to mandate grid operators compensate consumers who reduce energy usage. (Albuquerque Business First)

COMMENTARY: Loan program for alternative energy startups is far from a ‘colossal failure.’ (The Capital Times)

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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