PIPELINES: Michigan’s attorney general says the “days are numbered” for an oil pipeline running beneath the Straits of Mackinac, at the release of a report that recommends tougher oversight and criticizes Enbridge for a lack of transparency. (Midwest Energy News, MLive)

POLLUTION: A report finds Ohio-based American Electric Power is the largest source of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and mercury among U.S. utilities; and that carbon emissions from power plants have declined as the economy has grown. (SNL, The Hill)

***SPONSORED LINK: The Illinois Renewable Energy Conference, July 16 in Normal, Illinois, will feature plenary sessions of interest to all areas of renewable energy, plus specific breakout sessions for wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and energy efficiency.***

CLIMATE: A new report outlines the complex relationship between climate change and human health. (New York Times)

WISCONSIN: Despite a veto allowing a Wisconsin consumer group to continue advocating before state regulators, the group will still see a major funding cut. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

SOLAR: Ohio businesses are rushing to install solar despite a freeze in the state’s renewable energy standard. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

• A North Dakota tribe that controls a third of the state’s oil production threatens to walk away from a tax-sharing deal with state officials. (Reuters)
Protesters gather at an Ohio courthouse as a natural gas pipeline developer seeks to gain access to land owned by project opponents. (Toledo Blade)
• TransCanada plans to increase volume on the Keystone pipeline. (Lincoln Journal Star)

ILLINOIS: The city of Bloomington changes its aggregation deal in pursuit of 100 percent renewable power. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Pilot projects aim to determine whether electric vehicles can effectively provide energy storage for the grid. (ClimateWire)

EFFICIENCY: The University of Iowa postpones three efficiency projects amid budget concerns. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY: Why Minnesota should stand up for the Clean Power Plan. (Duluth News Tribune)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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