CLIMATE:
• Youth activists in Minnesota score another victory as a second community in the state adopts a “climate inheritance resolution” that could lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. (Midwest Energy News)
• President Trump could issue a sweeping executive order within days to reverse several of the Obama administration’s climate change policies. (Washington Post)

RENEWABLES: City officials in Madison, Wisconsin move forward with a plan to achieve 100 percent renewable energy and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions; the plan is subject to final approval by the city council. (Madison Capital Times)

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PIPELINES:
• A federal judge denies a request for an emergency injunction to stop oil from flowing in the Dakota Access pipeline, saying it would be against the public interest. (Reuters)
• South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signs a law that imposes new penalties to address potential oil pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Officials in Bowling Green, Ohio are optimistic about the production of a recently installed solar project. (Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune)
• U.S. utilities are increasingly looking to move beyond simply contracting for solar generation as they move into the sector themselves. (Utility Dive)

EMISSIONS: President Trump will use Detroit as a stage today to announce the rollback of stringent fuel-economy standards. (New York Times)

COAL: A new book chronicles the history of coal mining in southeast Ohio. (Athens Post)

OIL AND GAS:
• Purdue University researchers find that estimates of methane emissions from natural gas plants may be much lower than projected. (Phys.org)
• A coalition in northwest Ohio negotiates a new deal for natural gas that will reduce residents’ bills over the next two years. (Toledo Blade)
• North Dakota legislators lower the expected revenue target in the state budget in part due to the slumping oil economy. (Associated Press)
• U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt freezes the implementation of updated safety regulations on oil refineries and other industrial facilities to consider an industry coalition’s effort to scrap the rules. (E&E News)

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Several speakers tell a U.S. Senate committee that electric infrastructure projects, including for renewables, are plagued by lengthy federal reviews. (RTO Insider)

COMMENTARY:
• A union official in Michigan rails against environmental “alarmists” who are calling for the shutdown of an oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (Detroit News)
• Activist and author Winona LaDuke says Minnesota residents should “take heed” of an aging oil pipeline through the state owned by Enbridge. (Detroit Lakes Online)

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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