WIND:
• A major wind project approved in Iowa recently “may be just the first in a series of mega wind projects to advance in the coming months.” (Greentech Media)
• Xcel Energy brings online a 200-megawatt wind project in southwestern Minnesota. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

CLIMATE:
• A new study showing the economic impact of climate change on future generations underscores the need to get Ohio’s clean energy standards back on track, advocates say. (Midwest Energy News)
• One economist says the cost of meeting the Paris climate accord could range between $1.28 trillion and $5.28 trillion; meanwhile other research has pegged the economic benefits as high as $10 trillion for the U.S. alone. (Greenwire, Washington Post archive)

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COAL: U.S. average coal employment falls to record lows after another 3,500 jobs are lost during the most recent quarter. (SNL / Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Utilities are giving more thought to the placement of electric vehicle charging stations in order to increase EV adoption rates, which could contribute to load growth. (Utility Dive)

TRANSMISSION:
• Illinois officials and the developer behind the $1.8 billion, 500-mile Rock Island Clean Line project vow to appeal a recent court decision blocking the plan. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• Intervenors in the Grain Line Express Clean Line proceeding in Missouri have until mid-September to participate in the case. (Missouri Times)

CLEAN ENERGY: Advocates celebrate the one-year anniversary of the announcement of Minnesota’s Clean Power Plan. (Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder)

PIPELINES:
• A United Nations governing body on indigenous issues says the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe should have a say in resolving differences over the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)
• Thirty Dakota Access protesters are arrested and charged with trespassing after attempting to block access to construction equipment; at least two more are arrested in North Dakota. (Radio Iowa, Associated Press)
• North Dakota tribes say a pipeline developer did not get permission from them to put an oil and gas pipeline beneath a major lake along the Missouri River. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: A Minnesota community center looks to offset its electric costs with a new solar installation. (Brainerd Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: Exelon’s president and CEO finds it “frustrating” that the nuclear industry is struggling because, he says, technologies are incentivized, instead of outcomes. (POWER Magazine)

OIL AND GAS:
• A new report says roughly 30,000 children in Ohio will suffer asthma attacks each year by 2025 due to smog created by oil and gas operations. (Columbus Dispatch)
• An oil field waste landfill operator is found with high levels of illegal radioactive materials on site. (Bismarck Tribune)

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EMISSIONS: Illinois officials extend the public comment period on a Springfield utility’s updated air pollution permit request. (Springfield State Journal-Register)

COMMENTARY:
• An air quality advocate in Michigan says increased renewable energy standards can help the state comply with the federal Clean Power Plan, “decrease dangerous pollution and save ratepayers money.” (MLive)
• “Utility-scale solar is taking hold here in the Midwest, just as it is in other parts of the nation.” (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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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