COAL:
• Coal plants in the upper Midwest have been more resilient than in other parts of the grid due to a lack of l0w-cost gas-fired plants and easy access to coal supplies. (Bloomberg)
• A Murray Energy-owned coal mine in Illinois will remain in production for several more months than anticipated. (Platts)

OHIO: Consumer and environmental advocacy groups join energy companies in opposing FirstEnergy’s revised rate proposal that critics still call a “bailout” for uneconomic coal and nuclear plants. (Midwest Energy News)

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POLICY: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says flexibility should be an important component to lawmakers’ attempts at a statewide energy policy overhaul. (EnergyWire)

EFFICIENCY:
• Eastern Michigan University is planning a variety of energy efficiency investments that would reduce its annual operating costs by $2.6 million. (MLive)
• The U.S. Department of Agriculture will make available $52 million in loans for rural electric co-ops to make efficiency investments. (KTVZ-TV)

WIND: Developers unveil early plans for a 200-megawatt wind project in Iowa. (Cherokee Chronicle Times)

SOLAR:
• Interest is growing in a group-buying solar program in Wisconsin. (Racine Journal Times)
• The developer behind what would be the largest solar project in Ohio seeks a tax break worth $7.3 million. (Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune)

REGULATION:
• Ohio Gov. John Kasich appoints a Democrat and former lawyer to fill a vacancy on the state utility regulatory commission. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Top Ohio lawmakers quickly call for formal hearings on the appointment out of concerns about conflicts of interest and the appointee’s activist past. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

OIL AND GAS: A federal judge blocks a North Dakota city from enforcing a July 1 deadline for oil crew camps to shut down. (KUMV-TV)

PIPELINES: Local officials in southeast Michigan consider a resolution to oppose the planned NEXUS natural gas pipeline. (MLive)

FRACKING: The beginning stages of the lawsuit brought against the Obama administration’s rules for fracking on public land started at a 2014 meeting of industry regulators and other state-level officials and lobbyists. (DeSmog Blog)

BIOFUEL: A Nebraska ethanol plant will invest in an $8 million expansion to boost production capacity by 15 percent. (Sioux City Journal)

RATES:
• Wisconsin ratepayers in Green Bay and Madison will see bill credits totaling more than $16 million after power companies over-collected from customers last year for fuel burned in power plants. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• AEP and Ohio consumer advocates are at odds over whether ratepayers were overcharged for electricity dating back to 2012. (Columbus Dispatch)

CLIMATE: A renowned Antarctic conservationist tells a crowd in Ohio that renewable energy needs to be embraced on a larger scale to slow the effects of climate change. (Toledo Blade) 

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TRANSMISSION: Kansas utility Westar Energy asks state regulators to approve its new calculation of transmission costs that would reduce rates by $18 million. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• A prominent business owner on Mackinac Island in Michigan calls for oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac to be shut down. (Detroit Free Press)
• Without significant research and development in next-generation technology, “nuclear power will decline.” (Wisconsin State Journal)

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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