WIND: Ohio regulators rule that an offshore wind project in Lake Erie can move forward under a condition that turbines not run at night for eight months a year, which the developer says “may well be fatal to the entire project.” (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• Wisconsin landowners and environmental groups seek to stop Enbridge from using eminent domain to reroute the Line 5 pipeline around the Bad River Reservation. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• The first U.S. section of the Keystone XL pipeline is completed in northern Montana while the developer prepares labor camps in South Dakota. (Associated Press)

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SOLAR:
Illinois solar backers are making a last ditch legislative effort to get more time to spend about $200 million collected for solar projects before it is refunded to ratepayers. (Energy News Network)
• Amazon plans to build two solar projects in Ohio totaling 280 MW as part of the company’s climate goals. (Greentech Media)
• A southeastern Minnesota county lifts a moratorium on solar garden projects after adopting new regulations for setback distances. (Le Sueur County News)
• A northern Ohio city expects to save tens of thousands of dollars in power costs through a new solar power agreement. (Mansfield News Journal)
• Developers begin work on solar installations at six Ohio school districts. (Solar Power World)

COAL: Murray Energy defaults on its $440 million bankruptcy financing package, complicating the company’s recovery as it seeks support from lenders. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)

CLEAN ENERGY: Some clean energy supporters say U.S. House Democrats’ $3 trillion stimulus bill ignores the industry’s effort to secure federal aid. (Politico)

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UTILITIES:
Iowa regulators will allow utility disconnections to resume May 28 with exceptions for customers in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Ameren expects to be an early adopter as a Federal Communications Commission ruling clears the way for utilities to build networks that enable grid modernization. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
An Ohio editorial board harshly criticizes the stock buyback program of the former FirstEnergy subsidiary that received bailouts for its coal and nuclear plants. (Cleveland.com)
• Arch Coal’s rebranding as Arch Resources with a renewed focus on metallurgical coal is part of the company’s “quest to carve out a new life after death,” a columnist writes. (Bloomberg)
• The pending closure of a large North Dakota coal plant is driven by market forces beyond the control of the Trump administration despite its efforts to boost the industry, a columnist says. (Inforum)

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.