EFFICIENCY: Clean energy groups are pushing to involve large industrial users in energy efficiency policy efforts as such customers could play a significant role in reducing energy use. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: Revenue from wind energy development has become a sort of cash crop for low-income rural communities, “saving family farms across a wide swath of the heartland.” (Bloomberg)

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SOLAR:
• A Purdue University researcher is developing a new solar panel that includes components for storage and converting unused sunlight to heat. (WFYI)
• In a split vote, local officials in Minnesota approve two new solar gardens that total nearly 8 megawatts. (Shakopee Valley News)
• Growth in the residential solar market appears to be slowing down due in part to state-level policy changes. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES: Federal judges delve into the extent to which the Army Corps of Engineers should have consulted with tribes during permitting for the Dakota Access pipeline. (EnergyWire)

BIOFUELS: Researchers say pennycress, a common weed, may be a new opportunity for producing biofuels during off seasons and that also benefits agricultural soil. (Great Lakes Echo)

RENEWABLES: New residential housing units in Milwaukee employ ground-source heat pumps and a rooftop solar installation. (Multi-Housing News)

CLEAN TECH: A Michigan State University chemist receives a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop new ways to convert ammonia into hydrogen gases for fuel-cell vehicles. (MSU Today)

EMISSIONS: An agreement among 191 countries encourages airlines to purchase credits through global carbon markets to offset their emissions through other clean energy projects. (Climate Central)

COAL: The site of a former coal plant in southeast Indiana is being evaluated as a possible location for a new Ohio River shipping port. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

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POLITICS: Billionaire clean energy super PAC donor Tom Steyer is in Ohio supporting Hillary Clinton and talking to “millennials about energy and climate.” (Youngstown Vindicator)

COMMENTARY: So long as coal’s main competition is natural gas, state and federal elected officials will be “pretty much powerless to reverse coal’s decline.” (Slate)

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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