NUCLEAR: Energy Harbor won’t disclose whether two Ohio nuclear plants set to receive a $1.3 billion public subsidy are profitable before the bailout. (

• FirstEnergy says the Ohio attorney general’s civil lawsuit seeking to stop bailout payments to the nuclear plants is “without legal merit.” (WOSU)
• Modular nuclear reactors may help utilities like Xcel Energy meet long-term carbon neutral goals. (MPR News)

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• Michigan environmental justice advocates say the state’s 2050 carbon neutral plan doesn’t reduce carbon emissions fast enough. (Energy News Network)
• Michigan regulators ask the state to recommend how utility integrated resource plan requirements should be updated to meet the new carbon-reduction goal. (Utility Dive)

• Enbridge will create new safety guidelines for its contracted vessels operating near Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac as part of an agreement stipulated with the state. (Detroit Free Press)
• Michigan’s attorney general joins a coalition of more than a dozen states supporting a federal court order to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline. (Michigan Advance)

COAL: The state of Indiana pulls out of a plan to build a port at a former coal plant site in southeastern Indiana, saying the land is too contaminated. (WKRC)

WIND: A biorefinery breaks ground on a single wind turbine that will power its biodiesel plant in southeastern Minnesota. (Albert Lea Tribune)

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OIL & GAS: A 10,000 gallon produced water and oil spill caused by a lightning strike reaches a tributary in western North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

• Michigan’s 2050 carbon neutral plan “must strive to place equity and the needs of impacted communities at the forefront,” an energy analyst writes. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• A renewable energy company says Indiana can “with the right support … become the crossroads for renewable energy development” in the U.S. (Indianapolis Star)
• A union official with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers says the economic pain of closing nuclear plants in Illinois “will be felt statewide.” (Chicago Sun-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.