CLEAN POWER PLAN: A voluntary program within the federal Clean Power Plan would help drive clean energy investments in low-income communities and “could become a powerful tool to advance environmental justice.” (Midwest Energy news)

SOLAR:
• An eastern Iowa county moves forward with two new solar projects. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Electric cooperatives in Minnesota stir backlash for instituting new fees – as high as $89 a month – on customers generating their own electricity. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A community outside of Columbus, Ohio is turning to bulk-buying to lower the installation costs of solar projects. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Students at the University of Michigan win a solar-powered vehicle race for the sixth consecutive time. (University of Michigan)

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WIND:
• An Illinois community college is meeting 41 percent of its energy needs with a wind turbine that became operational four years ago. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
• A 97-turbine wind project has raised concerns for the Missouri Department of Conservation. (St. Joseph News-Press)

PIPELINES:
• A former crew member on a pipeline project in North Dakota says a lake could be at risk because the pipeline was not properly inspected. (Forum News Service)
• A series of public meetings are scheduled in Ohio and Michigan in the coming weeks over the proposed NEXUS gas pipeline. (Toledo Blade)
• Local officials discuss the feasibility of a new natural gas line through northern Iowa. (Mason City Globe Gazette)

EFFICIENCY: Wisconsin is poised to benefit from the growth of the energy efficiency market. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Auto dealerships, utilities and clean energy advocates in Wisconsin are offering rebates to drive electric vehicle adoption. (LaCrosse Tribune)

OIL AND GAS:
• BP reduces its wastewater discharges into Lake Michigan to acceptable levels from its Whiting, Indiana refinery. (Reuters)
• An appeals court upholds a decision to throw out a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from an incident at a North Dakota drilling site five years ago. (Associated Press)
• A steel company says it should not be liable for faulty parts on an oil tanker that led to a train derailment in North Dakota two years ago. (Associated Press)
• Rental prices have dropped off in a North Dakota oil patch town as the oil slump continues. (KFYR-TV)

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UTILITIES: Consumers Energy is donating surplus items from one of its recently retired coal plants in eastern Michigan to local charities. (MLive)

COMMENTARY: It’s a “dangerous mistake” to portray natural gas as a transitional fuel and as a cleaner energy source than other fossil fuels. (Pacific Standard)

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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