OHIO: Large manufacturers and other big energy users are lining up in opposition to long-term power purchase agreements for FirstEnergy and AEP. (Columbus Business First)

PIPELINE: Overturning a previous decision by state regulators, the Minnesota Appeals Court is requiring an environmental review of the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline before the project can proceed. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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EFFICIENCY:
• Local officials in Saginaw, Michigan approve spending $1.8 million to convert the city’s roughly 6,000 streetlights to LEDs. (MLive)
Construction is scheduled to start soon on a major apartment development in Kansas City using advanced efficiency design. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Officials will dedicate Michigan’s largest solar project today: a 1.1 MW facility near Ann Arbor. (WILX-TV)

CLIMATE CHANGE: A majority of rural Nebraskans say the state should start preparing for climate change to reduce its impact on agriculture and natural resources. (Lincoln Journal Star)

OIL AND GAS:
• The danger of exposure to vapors from oil tanks is just now being understood, as at least nine oil field workers have died since 2010 from inhaling the substances. (EnergyWire)
North Dakota produced near-record levels of oil and gas in July despite low crude prices. (Associated Press)
Environmental groups ask President Obama to halt new leases for extracting oil, gas and coal on federal land and water. (InsideClimate News)

NUCLEAR: A new report suggests all that is missing from deploying nuclear on a broad scale in developed countries is “political will, strategic economic planning, and public acceptance.” (Scientific American)

FRAC SAND: A Texas company is idling its frac sand operation in Wisconsin due to plunging oil prices. (Marshfield News Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• Under Indiana leadership, “Hoosiers who believe climate change is imperiling lives, health and economic well-being are at a disadvantage.” (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
Springfield, Missouri should hold off on the use of coal-tar-based road sealant — which is banned elsewhere — until its safety is determined. (Springfield News-Herald)
Give nuclear plants the support they need now so it can be a valuable energy source in the future. (New Jersey Courier-Post)

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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