SOLAR: Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission rejects the practice by rural electric cooperatives to apply fixed charges on solar installations without regulatory approval. (Midwest Energy News)

• Consumers Energy unveils a 3-megawatt solar project in western Michigan. (MLive)
• A northern Minnesota town embraces solar energy for sustainability. (MinnPost)

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CLIMATE: An analysis of court documents finds Peabody Energy has funded at least two dozen groups that spread misinformation about climate change and oppose environmental regulations. (Guardian)

• A Duluth-based utility plans coal-plant closures. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• “Once gradual, the decline in coal mining appears to be picking up momentum.” (New York Times)

NUCLEAR: Local officials in South Dakota oppose exploratory drilling for nuclear waste storage. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: Southeast Ohio is becoming a battleground area in a U.S. Senate race. (Dayton Daily News)

OIL BY RAIL: Despite production declines, millions of gallons of volatile Bakken crude oil are still being shipped by rail. (LaCrosse Tribune)

POLLUTION: More than 50 Michigan scientists sign a letter requesting Attorney General Bill Schuette drop his fight against the U.S. EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. (Michigan Radio)

POLICY: Business interests are still withholding support for proposed energy reform legislation in Michigan. (MiBiz)

WIND: A buoy in Lake Erie to gather information for proposed wind farms is also providing fishermen and scientists with valuable data. (Associated Press)

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• Michigan regulators fine Consumers Energy more than $500,000 for improperly billing customers. (Associated Press)
• A Nebraska utility refuses to disclose details about its costs for generating electricity. (Lincoln Journal Star)

• Will coal companies be able to walk away from their promises to clean up mining sites? (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
• Proposed net metering changes in Michigan is “clearly targeted at residential and small business energy producers.” (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

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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