SMART GRID: A new survey finds growing awareness about smart grid programs and services but still relatively low participation among U.S. energy customers. (Midwest Energy News)

CLIMATE:
• At a high school in Ohio, students push back against climate science teachings in the classroom. (New York Times)
• Ohio’s energy sector may prove to be an economic test case for President Trump’s climate decision last week. (E&E News)
• Despite other business leaders’ resigning from White House advisory roles after the Paris announcement, General Motors CEO Mary Barra says she will stay on. (WWJ)
• Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says despite pulling out of the Paris agreement, the U.S. will continue to reduce its carbon emissions. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: Minnesota regulators are set to hold 22 public meetings on Enbridge’s plan to replace its Line 3 pipeline through the state. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla’s lawsuit against the state of Michigan over a ban on selling vehicles directly to customers could provide a “rare glimpse at what goes on between powerful lobbyists, state lawmakers, and the governor’s office.” (Detroit Free Press)

COAL:
• Across the country, coal mines aren’t reopening as much as President Trump suggests. (Climate Central)
• Industry officials in North Dakota say they’re still committed to carbon capture initiatives despite President Trump’s announcement to pull out of the Paris climate agreement. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Students at Iowa State University unveil a four-passenger, solar-powered car that can travel up to 70 miles per hour. (WHO-TV)

OIL AND GAS: North Dakota’s oil industry is tentatively optimistic about an economic rebound. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

BIOFUELS: A Wisconsin ethanol plant where three workers died from an explosion last week was reprimanded by federal safety inspectors in 2011 for not taking precautions against dust explosions. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY:
• A 1920s-era apartment building in eastern Michigan receives energy efficiency upgrades through Property Assessed Clean Energy financing that are meant to save $600,000 over the next 20 years. (MLive)
• A zero-emissions home is being built in Detroit by a developer who has plans for seven other similar projects across Michigan. (MLive)

UTILITIES: Some AEP Ohio customers will a receive a bill credit this month following a settlement the utility reached over charges with consumer advocates and other stakeholders. (Columbus Business First)

COMMENTARY:
• Recent court decisions dropping charges against Dakota Access pipeline protesters shows the legal system is working, the Bismarck Tribune says.
• An Indiana editorial board criticizes the state’s Republican congressional delegation for backing President Trump’s climate decision. (Terre Haute Tribune-Star)

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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