SOLAR: A government agency in Minnesota is using marginal land it owns in the Twin Cities region for solar installations. (Midwest Energy News)

OHIO: The state’s top regulator tells power companies to “stop trying to scare Ohioans” when talking about re-regulating the state. (Columbus Business First)

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NUCLEAR: PJM’s annual capacity auction will not provide a lifeline for Exelon’s struggling Quad Cities nuclear plant. (EnergyWire)

COAL:
• Under international climate change goals, a new analysis finds that 80 percent of the world’s global coal supply — valued at $62 trillion — would have to stay in the ground. (SNL)
• City officials look for funds to tear down two iconic smokestacks at a former coal plant in Akron. (Akron Beacon Journal)
A municipally owned power plant in Columbia, Missouri will stop burning coal in October. (KMIZ-TV)

HEAT-TO-ENERGY: A new class of thermoelectrics being developed at Michigan State University is driving one company to commercialize products that turn waste heat into electricity. (NPR)

OIL AND GAS: An Ohio environmental group files suit against Secretary of State John Husted for rejecting a ballot initiative that would have placed limits on local oil and gas development. (Medina Gazette)

NATURAL GAS: Developers receive a notice to proceed for a new $300 million, 475 MW natural gas plant in Ohio, scheduled to be operational in 2018. (news release)

WIND: The battle over wind-farm zoning and land use regulations is spreading across Nebraska counties. (Lincoln Journal Star)

AIR POLLUTION: 92 schools in one southeast Michigan county have sulfur dioxide pollution levels that exceed federal limits. (Arab American News)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• In using the Clean Air Act to combat climate change, the Obama administration reversed course from earlier goals of doing so through legislation. (Greenwire)
A video summary of the entire plan. (Georgetown Climate Center)

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METHANE: Breaking down the science of methane gas. (Minnesota Public Radio)

COMMENTARY:
• It’s time to start tapping underused waste heat as an energy source. (Phys.org)
• When it comes to new environmental regulations, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is like “Marty McFly — in reverse” because of an unwillingness to look forward. (The Republic)
Problems at BP’s refinery in Indiana last week should serve as a “wake-up call” for the state and cities to explore alternative fuel options. (South Bend Tribune)

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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