OIL & GAS: North Dakota officials expect an oil industry downturn in the state “for a protracted period of time.” (Star Tribune)

• Grid operator PJM overestimates the amount of energy it needs, resulting in up to $4.4 billion in excess costs for consumers, according to an economic analysis done on behalf of environmental groups. (Utility Dive)
• Proposals in Illinois to opt out of PJM’s capacity auction could be a model for other states seeking to boost renewable energy portfolios. (Greentech Media)

COAL: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says workers affected by coal mine closures should have access to state job-training resources and that he remains “more concerned” about grid reliability and costs to ratepayers. (WEVV)

• The coronavirus outbreak will trigger an economic slowdown that’s likely to affect the broader clean energy transition, including renewables, storage and electric vehicles, according to a recent report. (Utility Dive)
• A 35% reduction in campus emissions helps the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee gain national recognition for its sustainability efforts. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• A redevelopment project in Duluth, Minnesota, is using federal Opportunity Zone tax credits for renewable energy and affordable housing. (Duluth News Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Analysts say electric vehicles are “particularly exposed” to business impacts from the coronavirus as consumers seek less riskier options during the pandemic. (E&E News, subscription)

• Xcel Energy officials give details on a planned 72-turbine wind project in northeastern South Dakota expected to start construction this year. (Watertown Public Opinion)
• South Dakota regulators approved permits for a planned 300 MW wind project. (KELO)

POLITICS: Green New Deal supporter Marie Newman upsets incumbent Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski in an Illinois congressional primary. (E&E News, subscription) 

COMMENTARY: North Dakota’s Legacy Fund will likely be needed amid volatile swings in state revenue from the oil and gas industry, say two of the fund’s founders. (Bismarck Tribune)

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.