SOLAR: Clean-energy groups propose up to 10 MW worth of community solar projects in Illinois. (EnergyWire)

TRANSMISSION: The Minnesota Supreme Court rules in favor of landowners, saying a utility must buy an entire farm in order to run a transmission line through it. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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CHICAGO: Two former owners of a California-based company have been charged with fraud after obtaining nearly $3 million in government funds to launch Chicago’s network of electric vehicle charging stations. (Chicago Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: A Minnesota engineer and entrepreneur taps into the commercial market with an energy-saving technology that controls temperature room by room. Elsewhere, designers are incorporating natural light into architecture to reduce the need for light bulbs. (Minneapolis StarTribune, EnergyWire)

PETCOKE: After stopping petcoke storage in Chicago, BP says it will not simply move it to communities in northwest Indiana. (Northwest Indiana Times)

WIND: Despite new attention toward solar in Minnesota, wind is still a major player with growth potential there. (Midwest Energy News)

CARBON: According to new research from Duke University, the social cost of fossil fuels is “much larger than previously realized.” (Phys.org)

KEYSTONE XL: The Senate falls five votes short of overriding Obama’s Keystone XL veto. (New York Times)

TECHNOLOGY: Energy technology experts gather in Wisconsin to highlight growth potential in the market. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

GRID: States across the country are developing policies to protect the electric grid in the case of catastrophic events. (Governing Magazine)

CLIMATE CHANGE: A former local Minnesota TV newsman has become an authoritative voice on climate change. (MinnPost)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Sen. Mitch McConnell is urging governors to defy President Obama’s climate change policy by refusing to submit state compliance plans to the federal government. (New York Times)

TRANSPORTATION: South Dakota sets aside $300,000 to pay for ethanol infrastructure upgrades, while interest groups in Illinois consider plan to overhaul gasoline taxes to pay for road and bridge upgrades. (Associated Press, Chicago Tribune)

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COMMENTARY: Ohio-based FirstEnergy continues to decline as it pursues a ratepayer bailout. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

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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