UTILITIES: Ohio-based FirstEnergy is undertaking a “strategic review” of its generating facilities that could lead to the selling of as many as 13 gas, coal and nuclear plants: “We do not think competitive generation is a good fit,” the utility’s CEO says. (Akron Beacon Journal)

WIND:
• An environmental consultant says a proposed offshore wind project in Lake Erie would have a minimal impact on wildlife. (Midwest Energy News)
• Amazon’s plan for a second wind project in Ohio could help bolster the state’s wind industry. (Toledo Blade)
• U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley spars with his Democratic opponent over who deserves the credit for launching Iowa’s wind industry. (Radio Iowa)

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PIPELINES:
• An increasing number of Iowa landowners say the Dakota Access pipeline developer is engaging in “questionable construction practices” and worsening tensions with residents. (Des Moines Register)
• A North Dakota sheriff’s department declines to participate in a rally promoting forgiveness between protesters and law enforcement over the Dakota Access pipeline. (Bismarck Tribune)
• At least seven journalists have been charged with crimes while covering pipeline protests in North Dakota. (Forum News Service)

SOLAR: A planned community solar project in mid-Michigan will nearly double in size based on interest from local residents. (Lansing State Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors begins manufacturing the 200-mile range Chevrolet Bolt at a factory near Detroit. (Associated Press)

ADVOCACY: A new nonprofit organization in Michigan looks to boost opportunities for women in the energy sector. (MLive)

COAL:
• Residents in an Ohio town discuss the negative impacts of closing a Murray Energy-owned coal mine by the end of the year. (Steubenville Herald Star)
• Coal-dependent counties in North Dakota have been a “beacon of stability” economically compared to oil- and agricultural-dependent areas of the state. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Plans to demolish and salvage parts of a former Michigan coal plant have been delayed as officials consider future uses of the components and the site. (Hillsdale Daily News)

CLIMATE: Some of the world’s largest oil companies pledge to invest $1 billion to develop climate-friendly technologies, specifically reducing emissions from oil and gas. (Reuters)

REGULATION: The two candidates for an open seat on the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission offer a stark contrast on policy and political history. (Rapid City Journal)

OHIO: An energy marketing company pays $125,000 to state regulators to settle a series of complaints over using deceptive tactics in Ohio. (Columbus Dispatch)

COMMENTARY:
• Electric choice advocates in Michigan should stop using school districts as “pawns” to help forward their agenda. (MLive)
• Wisconsin policymakers are “wasting valuable time” by not developing a statewide Clean Power Plan compliance strategy. (Door County Pulse)

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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