MICROGRID: While some longtime residents remain skeptical, local leaders in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood look to build on the community’s legacy of innovation and entrepreneurship as it embarks on a microgrid project. (Midwest Energy News)

SMART METERS: Two advocacy groups and an Illinois utility are working to quantify the emission-reduction benefits of installing smart meters. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: The North Dakota Senate strips language from a proposed bill that would have placed a two-year moratorium on wind development. (Forum News Service)

NUCLEAR: After plans surface about FirstEnergy seeking subsidies to keep its nuclear plants open, the company says it is still interested in selling them. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

• Ten people were arrested when they refused to evacuate a Dakota Access protest camp in North Dakota as others set fire to temporary structures in a final act of defiance. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Wisconsin again sends 17 State Police officers to to help manage the protests. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• In the hours leading up to the Dakota Access evacuation deadline, North Dakota lawmakers advance a bill aimed at limiting protests. (Forum News Service)
• Four people are arrested for trespassing after “occupying” Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s office in protest of the Dakota Access pipeline. (Radio Iowa)

EFFICIENCY: Two lobbying groups representing automakers urge the U.S. EPA to reverse tougher fuel economy standards from the Obama administration. (New York Times)

• Grid operator MISO approves Northern Indiana Public Service’s plans to retire two units at its Bailly coal plant by mid-2018. (Platts)
• Under the Trump administration, the U.S. EPA continues to fight a court order requiring the agency to evaluate how the Clean Air Act affects industry job losses. (Greenwire)

• Missouri regulators vote to require Great Plains Energy to file an application for approval of its proposed merger with Westar Energy. (Kansas City Business Journal)
• Ohio-based FirstEnergy says it has no near-term plans to sell a coal plant and a nuclear plant in Pennsylvania. (Beaver County Times)

GRID: The board of grid operator PJM authorizes more than $1.5 billion in transmission upgrades to improve reliability across its service territory. (Transmission & Distribution World)

BIOFUELS: President Trump reiterates his support for the U.S. ethanol industry. (Bloomberg)

REGULATION: The chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio looks to “change the dynamic” of the state’s contentious regulatory process. (Columbus Business First)

COMMENTARY: The Union of Concerned Scientists urges Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to oppose two bills that would “hack away at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s (MPUC) authority to protect consumers.”

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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