OIL AND GAS: While the Standing Rock Sioux have been strong opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline project crossing their land, a Colorado tribe has promoted oil and gas drilling to expand financial opportunities for members. (Bloomberg)

WIND: The developer behind a proposed 82.8-megawatt wind project in Vermont offers to pay local voters $14.1 million over 25 years in exchange for their support. (New York Times)

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CLEAN TECH:
• Stakeholders are closely watching New York’s attempt to make data about ratepayers’ energy use more accessible to outside parties. (EnergyWire)
• New York will invest $10 million to help boost clean energy startup companies. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Shareholders will vote next month on Elon Musk’s controversial proposal to merge Tesla and SolarCity. (Associated Press)
• A California company wants to build the world’s largest solar array in the Nevada desert, about 225 miles northwest of Las Vegas. (Associated Press)
• The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched a “non-public, fact-finding investigation” into bankrupt SunEdison. (St. Louis Business Journal)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: If elected, Hillary Clinton “would take any action up to and including a veto” to counter Republican attempts of thwarting the Clean Power Plan, a top advisor says. (Grist)

NUCLEAR: A consumer advocacy group is challenging the sale of a nuclear power plant in New York as well as the state’s broader plan to subsidize struggling plants there. (RTO Insider)

TRANSPORTATION: A new report says cities could see billions of dollars in benefits from the transition to electric, shared and autonomous cars. (Greentech Media)

COAL:
 The long-delayed and over-budget Kemper “clean coal” plant in Mississippi generates electricity for the first time. (Associated Press)
• Minnesota regulators appear set to approve a utility’s 15-year plan that will close two of the state’s biggest coal-burning units and develop a large portfolio of renewable energy. (Midwest Energy News)
• Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and presidential candidate Donald Trump remain hesitant to support a bill to protect retired coal miners’ health benefits. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS:
• Due to mild weather, declining coal use and increased use of wind, solar and hydropower, energy-related carbon emissions hit their lowest point in the U.S. since 1991. (Climate Central)
• State across the U.S. have slashed the staffs of their environmental agencies, complicating their compliance with federal air pollution rules. (Center for Public Integrity)

PIPELINES: The venting of a natural gas pipeline compressor station in Northern Virginia reveals a lack of guidance for alerting the public. (Southeast Energy News)

RENEWABLES: An Ohio conference explores a future without fossil fuels with opposing views on what it would mean for the global economy. (Midwest Energy News)

COMMENTARY: The announcement of new oil reserves found in Alaska should be met with a “certain caution.” (Alaska Dispatch 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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