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

• 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)

• 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)

• 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.

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Andy Balaskovitz

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.

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