TRANSMISSION: The Energy Department signals its support for clean energy transmission lines by approving a major project through the southern Plains region. (New York Times)

• DTE Energy looks to use vacant, city-owned property in Detroit for a 10-acre solar project. (Detroit Free Press)
• The mayor of a small northern Minnesota community along Lake Superior installs the town’s first solar system on his property. (Clean Energy Resource Teams)

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CLEAN TECH: Finalists compete for a $1 million prize in Chicago as part of this year’s Clean Energy Challenge. (Midwest Energy News)

• New power generation in the U.S. is most likely to be wind or solar. (Climate Central)
An Omaha-based energy company diversifies its revenue with renewable energy. (Omaha World-Herald)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The number of charging stations is on the rise in Iowa as electric vehicle ownership increases. (The Gazette)

COAL: Despite national trends toward natural gas, coal is still the dominant energy source in Nebraska. (Lincoln Journal Star)

PIPELINES: North Dakota regulators approve permits for new natural gas and oil pipelines. (Williston Herald)

FRACKING: Nebraska lawmakers approve tougher oversight of drilling waste disposal. (UPI)

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CLIMATE: Top climate scientists struggle with conveying the significance of climate change impacts to the public and policymakers. (Greenwire)

• Wisconsin is positioned for a turnaround when it comes to developing more renewable energy. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
The Exelon-Pepco merger will end up increasing rates for customers. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
A new report on clean energy jobs in the Midwest shows “welcome, dramatic job growth” in the industry and that statewide policies have consequences. (Joyce Foundation)
The U.S. should follow British Columbia’s lead in adopting a carbon tax. (Madison Capital Times)

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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