AIR QUALITY: Residents in low-income, minority communities across Chicago are monitoring air quality as part of a broader push for clean energy in their neighborhoods. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: Ohio-based AEP will spend $4.5 billion on what will be the largest single wind installation in the U.S., a 2,000-megawatt project in Oklahoma. (Columbus Business First)

PIPELINES:
• The Michigan Supreme Court rejects a man’s claim that a 2010 oil spill near Kalamazoo caused various health problems, ruling that he failed to show a direct connection between the incidents. (MLive)
• A group of landowners’ lawsuit against a 167-mile Enbridge pipeline completed in 2015 through Illinois is returned to a lower court. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
• Native American tribes are objecting to the intervention of national trade groups in the legal case over whether to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: A new report finds renewable energy generation will need to increase 50 percent by 2030 in order to meet state-level renewable portfolio standards. (InsideClimate News)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A 68-megawatt waste-to-energy cogeneration facility in Detroit processes up to 3,300 tons of municipal waste every day. (MLive)

NUCLEAR: Southwest Michigan residents question federal regulators about the planned closure of a nuclear plant and how spent fuel will be handled. (MLive)

SOLAR: An affordable housing redevelopment project in northwest Ohio looks to use tax credits to install solar panels. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Toyota is reportedly working on “solid-state” batteries for electric vehicles to be rolled out in five years that could charge a car in under three minutes. (Popular Mechanics)

SMART GRID: ComEd offers additional rebates for smart thermostats in hopes of boosting purchases among customers. (Chicago Tribune)

OIL AND GAS: North Dakota regulators approve a $150 million expansion at a natural gas processing plant, making it the largest such facility in the state. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: Members of an Iowa trade delegation are optimistic that markets for ethanol and ethanol byproducts will open in China. (Radio Iowa) 

COAL: A U.S. Senate panel rejects President Trump’s plan to cut research funding for “clean coal.” (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Researchers explore the role that electrifying vehicle fleets could have in decreasing worldwide oil consumption in the decades to come. (The Conversation)

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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