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EMISSIONS: Federal officials attempt to crack down on the use of defeat devices that remove pollution control systems from diesel vehicles, but the equipment remains readily accessible. (Fair Warning)

PIPELINES:
• The GOP-led Minnesota Senate ousts the state’s commerce commissioner after the agency continued legal challenges to the Line 3 pipeline replacement. (Star Tribune)
• A U.S. Coast Guard report shows a barge was inspected twice in the weeks leading up to its dragging an anchor in the Straits of Mackinac that dented the Line 5 pipeline and severed transmission cables. (Detroit News)

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EQUITY: Nearly 70% of low-income households face a high energy burden, which is also disproportionate among racial lines, according to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Minnesota agency is finalizing a proposal for electric vehicle incentives, including requirements for manufacturers to deliver a minimum number of EVs to dealers. (Marshall Independent)

SOLAR:
• Indiana’s expected growth in solar power is also an opportunity to help pollinators by planting supporting habitat alongside panels. (Herald Bulletin)
• Two large-scale solar projects are planned in southwestern Indiana that would add 350 MW of new solar capacity. (Inside Indiana Business)

UTILITIES:
• The CEO of an Ohio-based public power agency says consumers — not regulations — are now driving utilities’ shift to clean energy, resilience and sustainability. (Utility Dive)
• A settlement agreement will allow Indiana Michigan Power to file a long-term energy plan late next year that will more closely analyze energy waste reduction opportunities. (Daily Energy Insider)

NUCLEAR: University of Illinois officials are awaiting federal approval for a plan to bring a micro-nuclear reactor to campus. (Daily Illini)

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BIOFUELS: President Trump says his administration will help make it easier for consumers to access gasoline with higher blends of ethanol in order to boost demand. (KCCI)

COMMENTARY:
• President Trump’s “allegiances have shifted” as he reportedly directs the U.S. EPA to reject waivers sought by U.S. oil refiners from biofuel blending requirements, an analyst writes. (Forbes)
• Ohio utility regulators should investigate whether ratepayer funds were used to help finance a scheme to bail out uneconomic power plants, an editorial board says. (Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register)

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.