FRACKING: Fracking boom in Ohio has led to dramatic growth in injection well business, revenue for state. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: Minnesota Gov. Dayton: Eliminate coal from state’s energy mix. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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PET COKE: Michigan regulators deny permit for bulk petroleum coke storage facility in Detroit. (Associated Press)

NATURAL GAS: We Energies switches from coal to natural gas at Milwaukee power plant. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

SOLAR: After utility lobbying, Iowa surrenders $1 million solar grant. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Wisconsin company sees major savings by switching to LED lighting. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

RELIABILITY: Commonwealth Edison plans to lay superconducting cables to prevent outages in Chicago Loop. (

NUCLEAR WASTE: Health officials to study illness rates along St. Louis creek with legacy of nuclear waste pollution. (Associated Press)

FRACKING: Across the country, battles are playing out on local level over where hydraulic fracturing can happen. (Christian Science Monitor)

COAL ASH: Group disputes Duke Energy, EPA claims that coal ash has been completely removed from North Carolina river. (Charlotte Business Journal)

HEALTH: Increasing renewable energy mix in West Virginia would lead to health improvements in poor and black neighborhoods, report says. (Charleston Gazette)

COMMENTARY: North Dakota plays ever-increasing role in domestic energy production. (Bismarck Tribune)


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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