UTILITIES: Ohio officials involved in passing the $1 billion nuclear bailout scheme, now at the center of a federal racketeering investigation, face a reckoning that could upend the state’s political landscape. (Associated Press)

• The scandal could also shift energy policy in the Ohio Valley, where coal and nuclear plant operators continue to struggle against natural gas. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• The recent bribery scandals unfolding in Ohio and Illinois illustrate how utilities routinely use power to shield themselves from business risk. (InsideClimate News)
• A nonprofit funded solely by American Electric Power contributed $350,000 to advocacy campaigns that promoted Ohio’s nuclear bailout law. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Nonprofit groups that rely on “dark money” contributions that are difficult to trace fuel political bribery scandals, experts say. (Columbus Dispatch)

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EFFICIENCY: An Illinois program to help older residents install energy efficient technology and provide job training for young adults will operate virtually until a new launch date in January. (Energy News Network)

WIND: Invenergy discusses plans for a 68-turbine wind project in central Illinois that could be operational in 2022. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

CLEAN TECH: Illinois regulators reject a proposal that would have allowed utilities’ partial cost recovery for cloud-based data processing as smart grid infrastructure is built out. (Utility Dive)

COAL: Previous alliances between the coal mining industry and coal-burning utilities are beginning to diverge. (New Republic)

PIPELINES: Advocates say recent court decisions involving major pipeline projects ultimately make it more difficult for the Trump administration to achieve U.S. energy dominance goals. (Allegheny Front)

RENEWABLES: Grid operator MISO predicts energy prices could jump at certain times with a 50% renewable energy mix powering the grid. (RTO Insider, subscription) 

SOLAR: A Wisconsin nonprofit seeks to save ratepayers money by expanding solar installations. (WJFW)

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OIL & GAS: Local officials in western North Dakota discuss the “fragile balance” of economic development and community growth with fluctuating oil revenue. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors previews plans to launch a full-size electric pickup truck with 400-plus miles of range. (Business Insider)

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.