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COAL: North Dakota taxpayers and coal companies continue to fund efforts to promote the coal industry in Minnesota. (Midwest Energy News)

• An industry group in Ohio gathers support for lawmakers who will back coal mining. (WTOV-TV)
• A Wisconsin coal plant undergoes a $110 million pollution control system upgrade that will cut nitrogen oxide levels by at least 50 percent. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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SOLAR: Missouri regulators approve the state’s largest investor-owned utility’s plan to build a community solar project, and another utility is expected to follow suit. (Midwest Energy News)

• Detroit-based DTE Energy says the number of bird and bat deaths at its wind projects in eastern Michigan are “just above average.” (Huron Daily Tribune)
• Michigan researchers say disease-causing fungus, loss of habitat and wind turbines are the main contributors to declining bat populations there. (Detroit News)
• A “group of concerned citizens” forms a nonprofit advocacy group in Indiana to inform residents about local wind siting rules. (Rushville Republican)

• Despite a federal court ruling allowing construction to proceed on a disputed portion of the Dakota Access project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers won’t yet authorize it. (Associated Press)
• Advocates are asking the developer to “heed the government’s request” to hold off on construction in the disputed section until a permitting decision is made. (Greenwire)
• Dakota Access pipeline protesters in North Dakota prepare for the coming cold months: “We’re not giving up.” (New York Times)

EFFICIENCY: Major energy efficiency upgrades to buildings in downtown St. Paul are believed to be the largest Property Assessed Clean Energy financed project in the nation. (Minnesota Public Radio)

RATES: Large manufacturers in Wisconsin continue putting pressure on officials over increasing rates there, saying electricity prices threaten economic development when compared to nearby states. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

OIL AND GAS: New research from an Ohio university says the “shale revolution” is the real culprit behind the coal industry’s decline. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

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POLITICS: A renewable energy business owner in Wisconsin is challenging an incumbent state representative in this year’s election. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

BIOFUELS: An explosion and fire at an Iowa ethanol plant critically injures one worker. (Radio Iowa)

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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