STORAGE: Researchers in Illinois say the battery storage industry is becoming more personalized to meet individual energy needs. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR: Advocates say two Iowa utilities’ proposals for solar net metering programs don’t meet a directive to encourage more distributed generation in the state. (Midwest Energy News)

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COAL:
• A proposed federal bill to protect benefits for retired coal miners divides coal-state Republicans. (Associated Press)
• Ohio officials look to turn vast tracts of land formerly used for coal mining into recreational use for the public. (Toledo Blade)
• More than $1 million in federal aid will go to retrain laid off coal workers in Ohio. (The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register)

WIND: A 200-megawatt wind project in Missouri is scheduled to be finished in November. (St. Joseph News-Press)

PIPELINES:
• It’s unclear how Enbridge’s decision to suspend its plans for the Sandpiper project will affect landowners who were sued over access to their land. (Forum News Service)
• Tribal officials say Dakota Access construction crews destroyed burial and cultural sites on private land in southern North Dakota. (Associated Press)

REGULATION:
• A federal appeals court will review the extent to which federal regulators oversee wholesale electricity capacity rates. (Greenwire)
• Wisconsin manufacturers want to be able to exercise electric choice due to the state’s relatively high rates. (RTO Insider)

NUCLEAR:
• Federal nuclear regulators cite an Ohio plant owned by FirstEnergy for failing to provide accurate medical information of its workers. (Toledo Blade)
• The future of a Michigan nuclear plant will be discussed this week by a key group that advises federal nuclear regulators. (Toledo Blade)

OIL AND GAS:
• A wastewater injection well at the center of a dispute in Ohio must remain closed as the legal case proceeds. (Associated Press)
• Missouri regulators say a St. Louis-based natural gas utility increased rates to fund acquisitions. (St. Louis Business Journal)

UTILITIES:
• AEP says it is close to the final stages of selling coal and natural gas plants in Ohio. (Columbus Business First)
• Wisconsin-based WEC Energy Group is attempting to buy a former industrial site near downtown Milwaukee for redevelopment. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

GRID: Regional grid operator MISO looks to close down an Upper Peninsula generating facility and end System Support Resource payments that would save area ratepayers millions of dollars a year. (Marquette Mining Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: German carmaker Daimler plans to roll out between six and nine new electric vehicle models to compete with Tesla and Volkswagen. (Reuters)

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POLITICS: Observers say Hillary Clinton should openly tackle climate and energy issues affecting coal and gas swing states like Ohio. (Washington Examiner)

COMMENTARY: We Energies says its customers will benefit from better reliability and lower rates in the future after planned infrastructure investments. (Racine Journal Times)

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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