EMISSIONS: Clean energy groups and Xcel Energy tell Minnesota regulators to adopt a “much higher” social cost of carbon figure than is used now. (Minnesota Public Radio)

GRID:
• Clean energy groups are divided over the need for a 125-mile, $500 million transmission line proposed through southwest Wisconsin. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• The lead author and independent consultant on a highly anticipated grid study by the Department of Energy says the report has not been influenced politically. (E&E News)

COAL:
• Illinois utility representatives say their customers are being hamstrung by high electric rates because their wholesale power supplier is over-invested in coal. (Southern Illinoisan)
• Researchers are using North Dakota coal seams as a model for finding rare earth elements. (Bismarck Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• Inspection reports from 2013 and 2016 show that the section where Enbridge wants to install anchor supports on the underwater portions of Line 5 is bent and deformed. (MLive)
• More public hearings are scheduled this month to provide feedback on an alternatives analysis for Line 5. (Associated Press)
• North Dakota regulators will begin public hearings on a planned 180-mile oil pipeline through the state, the largest proposal since the Dakota Access pipeline. (Bismarck Tribune)
• The Dakota Access pipeline developer receives approval from North Dakota regulators on a tree replacement program along the route. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• More libraries in Wisconsin are installing solar panels to help reduce energy costs. (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune)
• An Ann Arbor, Michigan couple waits to install solar panels on their property as local officials set rules for ground-mounted installations in front yards. (MLive)
• An Indiana group is helping residents install solar panels before new net metering rules take effect. (WNDU)

RENEWABLES: Michigan regulators are expected to rule by the end of the month on setting new rates paid to independent, renewable energy power producers. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

RATES: A new report from Illinois regulators says some consumers are overpaying for electricity on the open market. (WLS-TV)

COMMENTARY: Five members of the governor-appointed Pipeline Safety Advisory Board in Michigan list several reasons why a recent report “fails to meet the stated objectives and scope” of reviewing Line 5. (Port Huron Times Herald)

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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