COAL: A Minnesota utility says it is retiring two more coal-burning units by the end of 2018 — four years earlier than required — as part of a broader shift to more natural gas and renewables. (Duluth News Tribune)

ALSO:
• A Texas-based company is granted an extension to continue studying clean and efficient uses for North Dakota coal supplies. (Associated Press)
• A western Wisconsin coal plant that was retired in 2014 will be demolished, while a future use for the site is unknown. (Winona Daily News)

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WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A Michigan environmental law group announces its intention to sue a waste-to-energy incinerator in Detroit over alleged air pollution violations. (Detroit News)

SOLAR:
• The largest single solar project in the Midwest is unveiled in Minnesota. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Voluntary renewable energy goals and the low cost of energy in North Dakota is discouraging investments in solar. (Forum News Service)
• Ames, Iowa is pursuing a city-owned community solar project for residents who are unable to install their own panels. (WHO-TV)

WISCONSIN: Critics are skeptical of a plan by Wisconsin regulators to impose fees on electric and natural gas bills that would go toward improving broadband Internet in rural areas. (Wisconsin Journal Sentinel)

PIPELINES:
• North Dakota authorities are investigating a confrontation between Dakota Access pipeline protesters and filmmakers who previously made a pro-fracking film. (Associated Press)
• The Standing Rock Sioux’s tribal council votes to provide Dakota Access protesters a place to stay on tribal land through the winter. (Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION: Analysts say utilities should view the transition to autonomous, electric vehicles in cities as an opportunity. (Utility Dive)

BIOFUELS: Advocates say the ethanol industry is keeping up with advancements in automobile technology but better infrastructure is needed to provide more options for drivers. (Radio Iowa)

UTILITIES: Illinois regulators have proposed new rules to cut down on alleged fraud and misleading practices among alternative energy suppliers. (Decatur Herald and Review)

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OIL AND GAS: North Dakota regulators are tightening up permits for oil waste-handling companies by requiring monitoring for potential radioactive loads. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY: A conservative group in Michigan calls for expanding the state’s renewable portfolio standard from 10 percent to 15 percent, as well as expanding energy efficiency spending. (MLive)

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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