EFFICIENCY: South Dakota received millions of dollars in 2009 from the federal government to promote energy efficient buildings, but the state never developed a plan for new statewide building codes. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

SOLAR:
• A nonprofit could provide a national “fiscally conservative” model for low-income energy assistance by creating a community solar project for a Minnesota tribe. (Midwest Energy News)
• Owners of a group of 18 homes in Wisconsin will be getting solar panels through a group-buying program. (Racine Journal Times)
• Consumers Energy begins operating a 1-megawatt solar project in Michigan. (Associated Press)
• A southern Illinois winery installs solar panels to offset electricity costs. (Southern Illinoisan)

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PIPELINES:
• The new director of Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality says calls to shut down a pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac are “premature.” (Detroit News)
• Tribal groups’ opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline is growing. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• Proposed federal legislation could help Ohio’s $300 million worth of liabilities in abandoned mine land that has yet to be cleaned up. (The Athens News)
• Experts say reversing the declining employment trend — as Donald Trump says he’ll do — in the coal industry “would be next to impossible without huge subsidies.” (TIME)
• A labor agreement has been reached between Murray Energy and mine workers in Ohio. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
• A fire at a Michigan coal plant burned for 12 hours before being extinguished. (MLive)

OIL AND GAS:
• North Dakota officials are investigating an oil spill that is seeping out of a hillside. (Forum News Service)
• Another spill in North Dakota is much larger than previously thought. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES:
• Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy plans to increase revenue as energy efficiency grows and as it transitions away from coal. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• The changing energy landscape continues to create challenges for major electricity providers. (New York Times)
• Exelon has a $25 billion investment plan that will focus on critical infrastructure and smart grid technology. (SNL / Utility Dive)

POLITICS: Hillary Clinton has a list of nearly 100 advisers on energy and climate change, contrasting sharply with the Trump campaign. (Politico)

FOSSIL FUELS: A new Koch Industries-backed campaign seeks to reframe fossil fuels in a more positive light. (DeSmog Blog)

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MERGERS:
• Missouri regulators could reject a proposed merger between Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy over questions about whether it will benefit ratepayers. (Topeka Capital-Journal)
• A consumer advocacy group is appealing regulators’ decision to approve a merger between Pepco and Chicago-based Exelon. (Chicago Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: New regulations on frac sand mining in a Minnesota county are a better way forward than an outright ban. (Winona Daily News)

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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