NUCLEAR: A new report warns that Midwestern nuclear plants are at risk of climate-related stresses, which could harm states’ ability to cut carbon emissions. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Support is growing among some Ohio lawmakers to preserve a law that supports financially struggling nuclear power plants. (Fremont News Messenger)

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WIND: Ohio regulators may reconsider a ruling next month on plans for a Lake Erie pilot wind energy project. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Wisconsin regulators consider requiring utilities to develop pilot electric vehicle programs. (Wisconsin State Journal)

UTILITIES: A feasibility study says it would be too costly for the city of Chicago to establish a municipally run electric utility. (WBEZ)

OIL & GAS: A company proposes using an existing idled pipeline to transport propane through Michigan’s Lower Peninsula as an alternative to the Line 5 pipeline. (Michigan Radio)

SOLAR:
• Michigan environmental groups criticize a Consumers Energy plan to replace net metering, which they say would not compensate customers enough for sending excess solar power back to the grid. (Michigan Radio)
• The Indiana NAACP completes the first round of a solar job-training program as part of an effort to bring solar to disadvantaged communities. (Indiana Public Media)
• Catholic churches are increasingly relying on solar power to reduce emissions as part of church leaders’ commitment to climate change. (PV Magazine)

BIOFUELS: Some Iowa farmers remain concerned about the Trump administration’s direction on federal biofuel blending requirements. (Des Moines Tribune)

TRANSMISSION: Federal regulators plan to further investigate grid congestion charges in the service territories of MISO and Southwest Power Pool. (RTO Insider, subscription)

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COAL:
• Consumers Energy demolishes an eastern Michigan coal plant that was decommissioned in 2016. (MLive)
• Illinois Basin coal deliveries drop 36% compared to the same time period a year ago. (S&P Global)

COMMENTARY:
• A columnist says Ohio lawmakers could easily repeal a state law bailing out uneconomic coal and nuclear plants. (Cleveland.com)
• Environmental activists say Duke Energy has spent nearly $12 billion over the past seven years on failed natural gas and nuclear power plans. (Environmental Working Group)

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.