RENEWABLES: A clean energy group in Missouri is challenging utilities over how they comply with the state’s renewable energy standard. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• Residents in South Bend, Indiana push city officials to be more aggressive in transitioning to renewable energy. (WNDU-TV)
• Xcel Energy is named in a new report as one of the leading utilities in the U.S. in supplying renewable energy. (GreenBiz)
• DTE Energy outlines plans for investing in more renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

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SOLAR:
• The growth of community solar in Minnesota is “bigger than anyone ever anticipated, and bigger things are coming.” (ClimateWire)
• A Minnesota county board will discuss settling a lawsuit with a former county official over his ties to a solar company that had vied for a contract to install solar panels on a government building. (Winona Post)
• A new industry poll shows more than 75 percent of Illinois residents oppose demand charges on electric bills and support net metering policies. (Energy Manager Today)

OIL AND GAS:
• North Dakota is in a “very precarious” budgeting situation by having to predict slumping oil and agriculture commodity prices. (Forum News Service)
• A final investment decision on a second ethane cracker plant in Ohio will be made early next year. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
• A pair of West Michigan entrepreneurs create a gas-powered, on-site generation system that aims to undercut utilities with cheaper electricity costs. (MiBiz)

UTILITIES: Two former Ohio utility regulators debate proposed power-purchase agreements from FirstEnergy and AEP. (RTO Insider)

WIND:
• Illinois landowners are suing the developer of a wind project, claiming they are owed money for access roads built on their property and for damage to their land during construction. (Ford County Record)
• The wind industry looks to gain ground in Nebraska. (KETV)

FRAC SAND: Wisconsin frac sand mining companies’ stocks are rebounding after a dismal past year and a half. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla partners with a hotel company to bring electric vehicle charging stations to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

NUCLEAR: Officials say a sheen on Lake Ontario came from an oil leak at a nearby nuclear plant, though the plant operator says it’s not hazardous and has low potential health effects. (Associated Press)

OIL BY RAIL: More than 5,000 first responders across Minnesota have been trained in responding to derailed oil trains. (Minnesota Public Radio)

GRID: Two sides reach an agreement over how to redesign the capacity auction process in grid operator MISO’s footprint, though concerns remain over a projected capacity shortfall. (RTO Insider)

VOLKSWAGEN SCANDAL: The German automaker reaches a $14.7 billion settlement in the class action lawsuit stemming from its cheating emissions tests. (Associated Press)

DIVESTMENT: The fossil fuel industry appears to be ramping up its campaign against divestment advocates. (ClimateWire)

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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