SOLAR: After a week of uncertainty, a 13-megawatt solar project at Michigan State University is moving forward, though advocates say the project exposed an outdated and patchwork approach to state tax policy for renewables. (Midwest Energy News)

• Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon endorses the Grain Belt Express transmission line. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• A local official in eastern Michigan, where a majority of the state’s wind development has taken place, said local governments are “pawns” in an industry run by the federal government. (Huron Daily Tribune)

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CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY: Major corporations in Minnesota form a coalition to promote the sustainability of a “circular economy” that eliminates waste and relies on renewable energy. (Midwest Energy News)

• North Dakota regulators adopt new rules aimed at reducing pipeline spills by the oil industry. (Associated Press)
• Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania are working together to build an industry around ethane cracker plants. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

• A tentative labor agreement between coal companies and miners in Ohio and West Virginia is voted down by the United Mine Workers of America. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
• In the decade leading up to their bankruptcies, five coal companies spent $95 million on lobbying U.S. lawmakers and another $600 million on top executives’ salaries. (Bloomberg)

EFFICIENCY: An eastern Michigan city is using the money saved from efficiency projects to keep a public pool and a senior center from closing. (MLive)

GRID: An independent monitor says grid operator MISO is not sending “efficient” investment signals. (Platts)

FRAC SAND: A Minnesota county planning commission will begin debating a ban on frac sand mining today, starting a process that could last several months. (Houston County News)

REGULATION: South Dakota Democrats nominate the founder of a solar company that’s based on tribal land to run for a spot on the state’s Public Utilities Commission. (Native Times)

BIOFUELS: The CEO of a former biofuels company in Michigan is indicted after federal prosecutors say he tried to defraud the government out of $2 million in tax credits. (MLive)

FRACKING: Advocates say a fracking ban is needed in Michigan. (WEMU)

UTILITIES: Officials at Wisconsin’s largest utility say customers may not see rate hikes for the next two years. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says renewable energy “will continue to play a crucial role in creating new jobs and growing our economy.” (Hot Springs Star)

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Andy Balaskovitz

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.

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