TRANSPORTATION: Advocates say Ohio officials should increase their focus and funding on transit as a way to cut greenhouse gas emissions. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES:
• Southeast Michigan residents have “serious concerns” about plans for a new natural gas pipeline that could be approved early next year. (WXYZ-TV, MLive)
• A pipeline company executive tells a crowd in Ohio that renewable energy is having an impact on how pipeline projects are developed. (Columbus Business First)

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FRAC SAND: County planning officials advance a proposal for a frac sand mine in Iowa without adding restrictions on air quality, noise and other impacts. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COAL:
• A Michigan economist says Donald Trump’s speech in Detroit this week that highlighted coal energy was about an “America that no longer exists.” (Michigan Radio)
• Peabody Energy takes a step toward emerging from bankruptcy. (St. Louis Business Journal)
• U.S. coal officials are optimistic that the industry has hit bottom and will start to recover in mid-2017. (SNL / Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

SOLAR: The top two U.S. solar panel manufacturers say they are turning their attention away from large, utility-scale projects and toward rooftop systems. (Bloomberg)

BIOFUELS: Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley comes out strongly against Hillary Clinton’s reported interest in transitioning from the Renewable Fuel Standard to a low-carbon fuel standard. (Biofuels Digest)

UTILITIES: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan reaches a settlement with an alternative energy supplier over its misleading claims about providing clean energy. (Energy Manager Today)

OIL AND GAS:
• A nearly 17,000-gallon saltwater spill has been contained at a drilling site in North Dakota. (Associated Press)
• Even with increased demand for natural gas, the industry is expected to start the upcoming winter with record amounts of gas in storage. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

COMMENTARY:
• Amid the oil slowdown, North Dakota has an opportunity to restructure the oversight and application process there so it’s not like the “Wild West” again. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A recent study published on retraining coal workers in clean energy jobs is a “reminder that access to affordable education … is an environmental issue.” (Grist)

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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