WIND: As prices continue to fall, Xcel Energy issues bill credits to customers who volunteered to pay extra to support wind energy. (Energy News Network)

• Federal regulators allow a developer more time to show to grid operator MISO that it has secured enough land for a proposed 600 MW wind project in Wisconsin. (RTO Insider)
• The Port of Duluth-Superior is on pace this year to set another record for wind turbine cargo shipments. (Star Tribune)

RENEWABLE GAS: Minnesota regulators approve CenterPoint Energy’s plan to create a statewide supply system that would link renewable natural gas producers with a distribution network. (Star Tribune)

UTILITIES: FirstEnergy tells federal regulators that the recent firing of top executives was tied to a $4 million payment to terminate a consulting contract with a firm apparently linked to PUCO Chairman Sam Randazzo. (Akron Beacon Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors plans to bring 30 new all-electric vehicle models to market by 2025. (Detroit Free Press)

POLICY: An Indiana task force releases a report on the state’s energy future that supports the role of renewable energy but also says fossil fuels are needed to ensure reliability. (Indianapolis Star)

COAL: Three companies will pay $370,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by Illinois after the botched demolition of a former coal plant released a dust plume in Chicago’s Little Village earlier this year. (Chicago Sun-Times)

• Dane County, Wisconsin officials approve plans to lease public property to Alliant Energy for a 16.5 MW solar project, allowing the county to offset all of its operational electricity use with renewables. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Local utility officials in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, approve plans for a 2 MW solar array equipped with 1 MW of battery storage. (Duluth News Tribune)
• One of the first community solar projects under Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act comes online. (Solar Industry)

POLITICS: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says House Speaker Michael Madigan should be more forthcoming about his alleged role in a bribery scandal involving ComEd, or step down from his position. (Chicago Sun-Times)

RENEWABLES: A former county commissioner from western Indiana who leads a clean energy advocacy group now travels the state touting the benefits of renewable energy projects for rural farmers. (Current)

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.