TRANSMISSION: A Missouri bill that would essentially block developers from using eminent domain for the Grain Belt Express wind energy transmission project advances for a full state House vote. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR: A 40 MW solar project is proposed on an island in the Ohio River between West Virginia and Ohio. (Herald-Star)

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• Indiana utility NIPSCO says bids for wind and solar have come in “significantly less expensive than new gas-fired generation.” (PV Magazine)
• Germany’s 20-year clean energy transition that has included missteps along the way can provide critical lessons for the U.S.. (InsideClimate News)

• Environmental groups call for a more comprehensive cleanup plan for a coal ash storage site in northwestern Indiana. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)
• Peabody Energy posts a weak first quarter with losses of nearly $130 million compared to a profit during the same period last year. (Mining Journal)

OIL & GAS: North Dakota regulators will hear testimony next month on whether oil production at current low prices amounts to wasting natural resources, potentially setting the stage for output restrictions. (S&P Global)

PIPELINES: In a lawsuit over the Keystone XL pipeline, tribes warn that construction crews are flouting the developer’s COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND: Technicians are still trying to determine the cause of a broken wind turbine blade in central Kansas. (Pratt Tribune)

BIOFUELS: A drop in ethanol demand that slowed production at Iowa plants caused a shortage of carbon dioxide used in the water treatment process. (Des Moines Register)

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NUCLEAR: A federal licensing board grants a hearing for an activist group to share its concerns about spent fuel at a southeastern Michigan nuclear plant. (Toledo Blade)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors delays the unveiling of its new Hummer electric pick-up truck due to the pandemic. (CNET)

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.