SOLAR:
• Advocates in Detroit are confronting policy roadblocks as they seek to improve clean energy access for residents through community solar projects. (Midwest Energy News)
• A Detroit-based group looks to turn unused shipping containers into solar-powered community greenhouses. (MLive)

EFFICIENCY:
• A $12 million energy efficiency project in downtown St. Paul is nearing completion, which is the largest in the U.S. to use Property Assessed Clean Energy financing. (Midwest Energy News)
• In a new report, Chicago has identified $184 million in annual energy savings possible through increased energy efficiency strategies at nearly 2,000 properties across the city. (Transmission & Distribution World)

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NUCLEAR: As more nuclear plants go offline, industry leaders are forced to confront the “broken system” for taking plants out of service and storing radioactive waste. (NPR)

POLICY: Comprehensive energy reform bills will be the Michigan Legislature’s “first priority” when it returns to session after the November election. (Michigan Radio)

PIPELINES:
• More than 100 Dakota Access pipeline protesters were arrested on various charges in North Dakota over the weekend. (CNN)
• Tribal members in South Dakota say they are fighting to protect clean-water supplies for 200,000 state residents. (Rapid City Journal)
• Construction on South Dakota’s portion of the Dakota Access pipeline is nearly completed. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
• A northwest Iowa city is seeing a local economic boost from temporary workers on the Dakota Access pipeline. (Sioux City Journal)

COAL:
• A process has started to determine what damages may be levied against the state of Ohio after it allowed a company to mine for coal beneath a state park. (Logan Daily News)
• A Murray Energy coal mine in Ohio will close permanently at the end of December because its reserves have ran out. (Platts)

GRID: Wisconsin-based American Transmission Co. plans to spend $4 billion over the next 10 years on infrastructure upgrades. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

OIL AND GAS: Officials at WEC Energy Group are “undaunted” by the $6.8 billion natural gas main replacement project in Chicago that the company assumed in a merger with Integrys Energy Group. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

TRANSMISSION: Detroit-based DTE Energy says it warned the city’s lighting agency about downed power lines near a home weeks before a 12-year-old was electrocuted in September. (Associated Press) 

COMMENTARY:
• Michigan-based automotive analysts dispute the findings of a recent report on fuel-economy standards, saying they are good for the “industry, suppliers, consumers, and the American economy.” (Midwest Energy News)
• One Minnesota lawmaker says state regulators did not designate an adequate replacement when it approved the retirement of units at a major coal plant. (St. Cloud 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.

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