*Correction appended.

COAL: After saying 80 percent of its workforce may be laid off, Ohio-based Murray Energy says it’s doing what it can to retain employees as it fends off bankruptcy. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Associated Press)

FINANCE:
• Minnesota climate advocates are “pleasantly surprised” with U.S. Bancorp’s new climate policy. (Midwest Energy News)
• An exodus of senior executives signals a pullback by the last major bank to fund coal operations. (The New York Times)

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WIND:
• Plans for a 102-megawatt wind project in Wisconsin move forward. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• An Illinois-based wind manufacturer “secured more orders for towers this year than it received in the last two years combined.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

RATES:
• A Kansas utility seeks $62.9 million in new revenue a year. (Kansas City Star)
• We Energies customers will see a drop in rates for both electricity and natural gas. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Minneapolis neighborhood embraces electric vehicles. (Finance & Commerce)

COMMENTARY:
• “The oil industry is fighting a generation gap.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• Voters should realize how important energy policy can factor into the election. (Detroit News)

CORRECTION: An earlier version incorrectly stated the location of a wind company. It is based in Illinois.

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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