FRAC SAND: Local officials in an eastern Minnesota county vote to move forward with an outright ban on frac sand mining there. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

WIND: Xcel Energy announces plans for four new wind farms in Minnesota and North Dakota that total 750 megawatts. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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NUCLEAR:
• A pro-nuclear rally in Chicago targets an environmental group and renewable energy developer that remain opposed to subsidies for Illinois nuclear plants. (Midwest Energy News)
• A Nebraska utility will have to pay $5 million to terminate its operating contract for a nuclear plant it’s shutting down. (Omaha World-Herald) 

PIPELINES:
• Hundreds of people gather in Minneapolis calling on state authorities  to withdraw law enforcement help for the Dakota Access pipeline protest. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• The Dakota Access pipeline developer says protesters are trespassing on its land in North Dakota and wants them to leave immediately. (Associated Press)
• The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he is going to North Dakota to join the protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (Associated Press)

POLICY:
• With backing from major corporations, clean energy standards in Ohio will likely be up for a vote after the November election. (Toledo Blade)
• Now with support from the state’s largest business group, Michigan lawmakers say they’ve made a “breakthrough” on comprehensive energy bills. (Detroit Free Press)

CLIMATE: An Army National Guard base in Michigan plans for energy independence and anticipating the effects of climate change. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

EMISSIONS: A U.S. district judge approves a $14.7 billion settlement over Volkswagen’s diesel emissions cheating scandal, with the German automaker slated to start buying back polluting cars next month. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
• Large multi-national corporations — including Nestle and Whirlpool — are making it clear that they want strong renewable energy and efficiency standards in Ohio. (Ceres, Natural Resources Defense Council)
• Following planned unit retirements at a major Minnesota coal plant, officials must now prove that replacing it with natural gas is the best investment. (St. Cloud Times)

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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