OIL AND GAS: More than 60 landowners in northeast Ohio are asking a federal court to block construction of the Nexus gas pipeline, saying the project misuses eminent domain rights and jeopardizes their safety. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• A steam-generating plant in Cleveland has now fully transitioned from coal to run on natural gas. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• The completion of the Dakota Access pipeline is one of several factors that officials say is helping North Dakota’s oil industry rebound. (Associated Press)

***SPONSORED LINK: Smart Cities Technologies in Wisconsin is taking place on June 6 in Milwaukee. Organized by the Midwest Energy Research Consortium and the City of Milwaukee, this workshop will explore how cities like Milwaukee are adopting Smart Cities Technologies. Register before June 2. ***

BIOENERGY:
• A state-of-the-art biodigester plant in Michigan that closed in 2015 has been bought by a California firm that plans to reopen it this summer. (MiBiz)
• A Nebraska waste-to-energy facility receives two more citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration related to workplace injuries. (Sioux City Journal)

PIPELINES: A public comment period opens today on Enbridge’s plan to replace and expand its Line 3 pipeline through Minnesota. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Several energy efficiency projects are underway as part of a $11.3 million clean energy program in Lawrence, Kansas. (Lawrence Journal-World)

RENEWABLES: Consumers Energy is seeking approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission for a “green rider” tariff that would allow large companies to procure 100 percent renewable energy. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

COAL ASH:
• A plan to contain more than 9 million tons of coal ash in ponds at a former Indiana coal plant is raising concerns about flooding and groundwater contamination. (Terre Haute Tribune Star)
• A utilities group asks the U.S. EPA to reconsider broad sections of an Obama administration rule governing coal-ash disposal. (Associated Press)

DIVESTMENT: While the divestment movement doesn’t appear to be limiting energy companies’ ability to get financing for pipeline projects, advocates say it has raised awareness about indigenous rights. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Allete Inc., the parent company of Minnesota Power, says it has a renewed focus on its energy-related subsidiaries. (Forum News Service)

BIOFUELS: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signs an infrastructure funding bill that includes $3 million for the state’s Renewable Fuels Infrastructure program. (Biofuels Digest)

GRID: President Trump’s executive order last week on cybersecurity calls for an assessment of the U.S. power grid. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• The Lincoln Journal Star says Nebraska “should continue its aggressive surge to be far more than just above average when it comes to wind energy.”
• A major agriculture company makes the business case for pollinator-friendly solar sites. (Greenbiz)

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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