• Western North Dakota is in the midst of a wind energy boom. (Forum News Service)
• Consumers Energy is taking a Michigan county to court over a dispute in the assessed value of wind turbines. (Tuscola County Advertiser)

• A Wisconsin program for homeowners and businesses to buy solar in bulk will also offer installation training for high school dropouts. (Racine Journal Times)
• Missouri officials are launching a pilot program for solar roadways. (KMOX)

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EFFICIENCY: A dynamic display system at a Chicago office building that makes it easier to monitor energy use is helping to achieve efficiency goals. (Midwest Energy News)

CLIMATE: A new report says a carbon tax or trading system would be expensive for Michigan ratepayers, but it would be an effective way to comply with the Clean Power Plan. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

• Low natural gas prices are upending the utility sector, as evidenced by planned nuclear plant closures in Illinois. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• North Dakota officials say the state’s rainy day fund is on the verge of being emptied due to depressed oil prices. (Associated Press)
• North Dakota landowners are suing an oil company over the ongoing contamination of their property. (Bismarck Tribune)

• A bankruptcy judge allows Peabody Energy to pay bonuses in order to retain mid-level employees. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Wisconsin-based WEC Energy Group looks to create a new corporation for its Michigan customers to more accurately split its operating costs between ratepayers in the two states. (Marquette Mining Journal)
• Washington D.C. regulators deny a request to reconsider its approval of the $6.8 billion Pepco/Exelon merger, setting up a potential legal battle. (Washington Business Journal)

FRACKING: States continue to struggle with managing the growing waste stream produced from fracking. (Grist)

COAL: Environmental groups raise concerns as Indiana considers new rules for storing coal ash. (Associated Press)

OIL BY RAIL: A federal spending bill would increase funding for rail safety along crude oil routes. (LaCrosse Tribune)

BIOFUELS: A Wisconsin congressman proposes a 30 percent tax credit for energy systems that convert manure into methane gas. (LaCrosse Tribune)

REGULATION: Observers are wondering what’s taking so long to fill a vacancy on Indiana’s utility regulatory commission. (Indianapolis Business Journal)

POLITICS: Southeast Ohio, once home to a thriving coal industry, is “considered a small but mighty barometer this election cycle of how voter disillusionment and anger will play out.” (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: The U.S. Department of Energy is planning to scale up the capacity generated from advanced nuclear reactors by 2050. (Forbes)

• A northern Michigan utility’s plan to contract for 3.6 megawatts of wind power is a good deal for ratepayers and the environment. (Traverse City Record Eagle)
• A projected capacity shortfall in the MISO footprint could be a reprieve for an Illinois nuclear plant. (Champaign News-Gazette)
• Clean energy sector growth is lagging in Indiana. (South Bend Tribune)

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Andy Balaskovitz

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.

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