WIND: A new partnership looks to develop community wind projects in Minnesota, an investment option modeled off community solar. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL AND GAS:
• Ohio officials fine Energy Transfer Partners — the same company building the Dakota Access pipeline — $430,000 for 18 air and water pollution violations related to its Rover gas pipeline project. (Columbus Dispatch)
• The director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says the company’s response to concerns about the spills has been “dismissive” and “exceptionally disappointing.” (Washington Post)

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SOLAR:
• Michigan researchers say the U.S. military can lead in installing solar-powered microgrid systems to prevent cyberattacks. (Phys.org)
• The bankruptcy of solar manufacturer Suniva is causing uncertainty among companies that fear trade decisions by the Trump administration could slow the industry. (E&E News)
• Another Minnesota town moves forward with a community solar project. (St. Peter Herald)
• A town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula considers plans for a utility-scale solar project. (Escanaba Daily Press)

NUCLEAR:
• Michigan utility regulators are still examining whether Consumers Energy customers would save money through an agreement with Entergy to prematurely close a nuclear plant there. (MLive)
• Exelon is optimistic that courts will uphold state programs that provide zero-emission credits benefiting its nuclear power plants. (RTO Insider)

PIPELINES: The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline says rerouting the project through Nebraska and rebuilding shipper support are still major hurdles to overcome before the project becomes a reality. (SNL)

COAL: Duke Energy unveils plans for disposing nine million tons of coal ash from a former Indiana coal plant. (Indiana Public Media)

CLIMATE:
• The city of Chicago posts on its website the deleted U.S. EPA pages about climate change. (Politico)
• A Michigan State University researcher is among those dismissed by the U.S. EPA from a scientific review board that has weighed in on climate and pollution issues. (New York Times)

EMISSIONS: A Michigan congresswoman says President Trump’s proposed budget would close a laboratory in Ann Arbor that tests vehicle emissions and researches fuel-efficient technologies. (Associated Press)

BIOFUEL:
• The new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture tells a crowd in Iowa “you have nothing to worry about” when it comes to the Trump administration’s support for the ethanol industry. (Waterloo Courier)
• A new automated biodiesel pumping station in western South Dakota makes it easier for trucks to distribute it to sites elsewhere. (Newscenter 1)

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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