CLEAN ENERGY: Ohio would gain thousands of jobs and ratepayers would save millions on electric bills if the state increased its support for clean energy, according to a new report by environmental groups. (Columbus Dispatch)

• The first of five solar sites that will generate 5.5 megawatts of electricity comes online in Iowa. (Radio Iowa)
• One of the newest solar projects in St. Cloud, Minnesota could be on cemetery property. (KNSI)

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CLIMATE: A Wisconsin city is introducing a climate change referendum that asks residents whether the local government should endorse a federal carbon fee and dividend program. (WKOW)

• Dakota Access pipeline protesters set up a new camp on private property they say belongs to Native Americans under a more than century-old treaty, moving into the project’s direct path for the first time. Local officials say they won’t be immediately removed due to a lack of manpower. (Associated Press)
• Police departments in Wisconsin, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Indiana and Nebraska are sending in extra officers to help manage Dakota Access protests. (Associated Press)
• Hacked emails show “debate and confusion” within Hillary Clinton’s campaign about her then-newfound position against building the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)

FRAC SAND: Local officials are scheduled to vote today on the future of frac sand mining in an eastern Minnesota county. (Winona Daily News)

OIL AND GAS: The U.S. EPA is seeking a headquarters-level discussion with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to “promote deeper, more comprehensive climate reviews of proposed natural gas pipelines.” (Greenwire) 

COAL: A decommissioned coal plant in southwestern Indiana may take on a second life as a shipping port. (Power Magazine)

VOLKSWAGEN SCANDAL: Missouri is ready to spend $8.7 million in settlement money from Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal on school transportation, paying off biodiesel subsidies and disaster response. (KSNF)

TRANSMISSION: A Wisconsin judge rules in favor of American Transmission Co., saying the company has the right to remove trees at a wildlife hospital and refuge. (RTO Insider)

COMMENTARY: Analysts see coal’s share of the U.S. energy mix dropping to less than 20 percent “in the not distant future.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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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