NUCLEAR: The presidential election results jeopardizes some key portions of a plan to keep struggling nuclear plants open in Illinois, though Exelon is showing no signs of pulling back. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

SOLAR:
• An Indiana utility brings online its fourth solar project in the past year, which together total 15 megawatts. (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel)
• A Trump presidency will not “stop the train” on solar development, one industry official predicts. (Greenwire)

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EFFICIENCY: Federal agencies are working with energy assessors to tap into the additional health benefits that come with energy efficiency upgrades in buildings. (Midwest Energy News)

POLICY: The Michigan Senate approves a sweeping two-bill energy package that includes increasing the state’s renewable energy standard to 15 percent. (Detroit News)

CLEAN ENERGY: Lawrence, Kansas plans to spend $11.4 million on clean energy projects at city-owned facilities, including solar panels and efficiency upgrades. (Lawrence Journal-World)

OIL AND GAS:
• Local residents in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula express concerns over plans to build natural gas generating facilities to replace an aging coal plant there. (Marquette Mining Journal)
• A Michigan utility says one of its sites that stores old, unused oil and gas containers near downtown Grand Rapids is not leaking contaminants into a nearby river. (MLive)
• A Nebraska railcar company could face steep fines over its handling of crude oil, ethanol and other wastes. (Associated Press)

COAL: FirstEnergy may sell its W.H. Sammis coal plant in Ohio within the next two years, company officials say. (The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA denies petitions from oil groups to change the country’s Renewable Fuel Standard program. (Reuters)

PIPELINES: The Dakota Access pipeline developer is not cooperating as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asks the company to delay construction in a contested portion of the project to defuse tensions with protesters. (Bismarck Tribune)

CLIMATE: Advancing U.S. climate policy will likely come from states rather than the federal government under a Trump presidency. (Climate Central)

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TRANSPORTATION: A major trade group urges President-elect Trump’s transition team to revise fuel efficiency mandates and conduct a full-scale review of current autonomous vehicle policies. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
• “Renewables should be fine” under a Trump presidency, since most of the push for clean energy and financial incentives come from states and federal tax credits have been extended to 2021. (Forbes)
• How two Iowa utilities can spend $5 billion on new wind projects and end up lowering their customers’ electric rates. (Forbes)
• “Renewable energy will remain viable and will likely thrive under any presidential administration.” (Crain’s Detroit Business)

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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