CLEAN ENERGY: City-led clean energy efforts in Warsaw, Poland confront the national government’s commitment to coal, similar to local clean-energy efforts in Ohio that contrast with the state’s commitment to clean energy. (Midwest Energy News)

• Minnesota will not appeal after federal courts reject a state law barring imported electricity from coal plants in neighboring North Dakota. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Bankrupt coal company Peabody Energy will provide $200 million to Illinois for mine cleanup as part of a settlement. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Energy companies partner with the University of North Dakota in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from burning coal. (Forum News Service)

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SOLAR: Clean energy supporters still have unanswered questions about how a value-of-solar study being overseen by Kansas regulators will proceed. (Midwest Energy News)

• The company looking to develop a $500 million ethane pipeline through Ohio says the project would bring nearly $240 million in economic benefits to the state’s economy. (Toledo Blade)
• Iowa landowners file an emergency appeal with state regulators after a judge denies a request to halt construction on the Dakota Access pipeline. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• In a symbolic move, a local government in southeast Michigan votes to formally oppose a planned natural gas pipeline due to its proximity to neighborhoods and schools. (MLive)
• A former FERC attorney who now runs a private practice in D.C. is known as the “pipeline lawyer” who represents the interests of landowners. (Greenwire)
• Authorities say the FBI has been contacted after an aircraft monitoring Dakota Access protests appears to have been targeted by “laser beams.” (Associated Press)

FRAC SAND: A Minnesota county is set to consider proposed regulations on the size and number of frac sand mines. (Winona Daily News)

HYDRO: Minnesota remains a major customer for hydroelectric power generated in Canada. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

EMISSIONS: The U.S. EPA’s lawsuit against Ameren Missouri over alleged Clean Air Act violations heads to trial. (St. Louis Business Journal)

GRID: Energy officials discuss the potential for accommodating more renewables on the grid as part of a low-carbon future during a conference hosted by grid operator MISO. (RTO Insider)

BIOFUELS: A Nebraska-based company plans to buy three Midwest ethanol plants for $237 million from a Spanish energy company that is moving through bankruptcy. (Reuters)

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CLIMATE: A new study says Minnesota would see more triple-digit temperature days in the coming decades unless greenhouse gas emissions are curbed. (WCCO-TV)

COMMENTARY: A health specialist says an Indiana utility should focus on generating more electricity from wind and solar rather than extend the life of a major coal plant. (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)

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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