REGULATION: Advocates say an Illinois coal plant that has operated for years without an emissions permit symbolizes a larger problem with the state’s permitting process. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND:
• Iowa may become the first state to generate a majority of its electricity from wind. (Renewable Energy World)
• As projects get larger, industry experts say the cost of electricity from wind should plunge 24-30 percent by 2030. (Washington Post)
• Public opposition has helped block three proposed wind projects in South Dakota in the past eight months. (Mitchell Daily Republic)

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SOLAR: An Iowa county installs two new solar arrays that will triple its amount of clean-energy production. (Iowa City Press-Citizen)

FRACKING: State and federal regulators move to shut down 32 disposal wells in northeastern Oklahoma because they are too close to a newly discovered fault line. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: Minnesota and Michigan are among states named by India in a complaint filed with the World Trade Organization alleging some states illegally prop up the renewable energy sector through subsidies and domestic content requirements. (Reuters)

CYBERSECURITY: AEP Ohio says it will host annual “verbal briefings” to address security concerns related to its plan to install nearly 900,000 smart meters. (Columbus Business First)

PIPELINES:
• Statewide and congressional political candidates weigh in on the federal government’s involvement with halting construction on the Dakota Access pipeline. (Forum News Service)
• The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe wants a federal judge to formalize a request from government agencies that the Dakota Access developer “voluntarily pause” work on a segment of the pipeline. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says the Obama administration is not waging a “war on coal” and wants to continue seeing it play a role in a low-carbon future. (Associated Press)
• The U.S. Senate appears poised to pass a water infrastructure funding bill that could “dismantle coal ash pollution protections.” (DeSmog)
• In bankruptcy proceedings, being unable to meet mine reclamation responsibilities could block permits for companies’ active mines. (SNL / Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

CLIMATE:
• A new study contradicts findings that methane emissions from the fossil fuel industry have been declining since the 1980s and particularly in the last decade. (Washington Post)
• Scientists increasingly want to see climate change treated as a waste disposal problem to garner attention for negative carbon emissions. (Climate Central)
• A relatively unnoticed proposed rule would require federal contractors to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and how they plan to cut them. (ClimateWire)

NUCLEAR: An Ohio nuclear plant will remain shut down for the next few days after rainwater entered the plant’s turbine building during a heavy storm. (Toledo Blade)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The forthcoming “hatchback for the masses” Chevrolet Bolt will have a range of 238 miles, higher than the baseline Tesla Model S. (Associated Press)

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UTILITIES: A major study led by MIT researchers on distributed generation, the “utility of the future” and regulatory solutions is nearing completion. (The Energy Times)

COMMENTARY: The Dakota Access pipeline has variables that differentiate it from the fight over Keystone XL. (Bloomberg)

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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