CLEAN ENERGY: The mayor of Traverse City, Michigan discusses his 20-plus years of advocacy for renewable energy. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• Developers are struggling to include a major solar installation at a housing project near Minneapolis. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Utilities in Ohio and Minnesota say there will be little effect on operations during today’s solar eclipse. (Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press)
• An event in Racine, Wisconsin will promote the benefits of installing solar panels. (Racine Journal Times)
• Construction is nearly complete at what will be the largest rooftop solar array in Wisconsin. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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PIPELINES: The Army Corps of Engineers urges a federal judge not to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline while it conducts a new environmental review mandated by the court. (The Hill)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: An eastern Iowa city is working to become the first in the state to convert food waste from restaurants, groceries and homes into renewable fuel for vehicles. (Associated Press)

EPA: A University of North Dakota spokesperson apologizes for reporters being told to leave while covering a recent visit by EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. (Grand Forks Herald)

FRACKING: Unemployed coal miners struggle to transition to the fracking industry, which prefers to employ experienced workers from out of state. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is in negotiations with American Electric Power to acquire 60,000 acres of former strip-mined land in southeastern Ohio. (Parkersburg News and Sentinel)

CLIMATE:
• The Trump administration disbands a 15-person advisory panel that helped public- and private-sector officials incorporate the government’s climate research into long-term planning. (Washington Post)
• More Republican lawmakers are coming out in support of climate change policies. (Politico)

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POLITICS: Billionaire investor Carl Icahn steps down as an adviser to President Trump after facing criticism from lawmakers and biofuels advocates over his policy recommendations. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
• A Wisconsin researcher says curtailing clean energy research and subsidies “undermines the nation’s long-term interest on many fronts.” (Springfield State Journal-Register)
• Despite claims of a recent rebound, analysts say there are “zero signs of commitment by investors to the notion that coal is staging a comeback.” (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
• A Vox writer says there is little attention being paid to storing carbon dioxide underground in order to meet climate change targets.

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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