SOLAR: A Minneapolis community solar developer is focusing its efforts on low-income residents, using faith-based groups and other entities as “backup subscribers.” (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• Four schools within an Indiana school district are in the process of completing solar installations that officials say will meet 80 percent of each facility’s electric needs. (Merrillville Post-Tribune)
• A new study commissioned by a clean energy group in Michigan says utility customers with solar panels provide a net benefit to the grid. (Michigan Radio)

WIND:
• Multiple agriculture groups in South Dakota are urging voters to reject strict turbine setback distances adopted in one county. (Sioux City Journal)
• A major Michigan utility breaks ground on a 44-megawatt wind project, its third in the state. (MLive)

COAL: North Dakota’s congressional delegation is pushing the Trump administration to increase funding for “clean coal” research. (Bismarck Tribune)

PIPELINES: A controversial private security firm is no longer working for the Dakota Access pipeline developer in North Dakota. (Forum News Service)

PETCOKE: A Detroit City Council member introduces an ordinance to regulate the storage and transportation of industrial byproducts like petcoke to limit air pollution. (Metro Times)

EFFICIENCY:
• Officials in Toledo, Ohio are considering three areas of the city for an LED streetlight pilot program. (Toledo Blade)
• City officials are negotiating plans with a utility to operate a new LED streetlight network in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

BIOFUELS: Citing “market realities,” the U.S. EPA is proposing to reduce the amount of biofuels required to be blended with gasoline and diesel next year under a federal law. (Reuters)

REGULATION: A former executive director of the Nebraska Public Service Commission has been selected to fill the position once again. (NTV)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: More than a dozen states now impose fees on electric vehicle drivers, with Michigan and Minnesota introducing fees this year. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY:
• An Iowa congressman says the wind industry is a strong job-provider in his state, and “was shocked that President Trump would come to Cedar Rapids and attack it.” (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• An official with electric vehicle charging company ChargePoint outlines best practices that utilities should use to help foster EV adoption among customers. (Utility Dive)

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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