FRAC SAND: The Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds a decision to deny a permit to a company looking to develop a 265-acre frac sand mine in the western part of the state. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• A 34-home subdivision in Milwaukee will have deed restrictions that require solar installations, with the cost paid back through the mortgage. (Midwest Energy News)
• Minnesota’s statewide community solar policy has been a catalyst for development there. (Governing)
• The Midwest Renewable Energy Association is helping launch another solar group-buying program near Milwaukee. (Wisconsin Gazette)

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CLIMATE:
• President Trump is expected to announce today that the U.S. is pulling out of the Paris climate agreement. (Reuters)
• A survey finds that in Kansas and Missouri, among other states, the Paris agreement is more popular than President Trump or the senators urging him to withdraw from it. (McClatchy)
• If the U.S. withdraws from the Paris climate agreement, dozens of states and many cities still have plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Associated Press)
• Advocates and lawmakers believe renewable energy development will still continue in Iowa. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

WIND:
• A North Dakota farm won’t have wind turbines built on it as part of an expansion project due to historical artifacts found on the property. (Forum News Service)
• An SC Johnson manufacturing plant in eastern Michigan now runs on 100 percent wind energy. (MLive)
• A South Dakota county adopts new wind energy regulations that include setback distances of four times the height of the turbine. (Watertown Public Opinion)
• A developer secures the financing for a 300-megawatt wind project in Missouri. (CleanTechnica)

PIPELINES: The Dakota Access pipeline is expected to start shipping oil today. (Associated Press)

CLEAN ENERGY: Chicago-based Invenergy is launching a venture capital fund to invest in digital startups focused on improving the reliability of clean energy. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

UTILITIES: The CEO of Consumers Energy says Michigan has “the opportunity of a generation to determine what kind of energy we want to supply for the next hundred years.” (MLive)

BIOFUELS: An explosion at an ethanol plant in Wisconsin kills one and injures several others. (WISN-TV)

GRID: A new policy tracking tool shows states across the Midwest engaged in grid modernization efforts. (Utility Dive)

COAL:
• After more than a century, an Iowa coal plant ceases operations. (Telegraph Herald)
• A Wisconsin coal plant that closed in 2010 will be added to the State Register of Historic Places. (Beloit Daily News)

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.

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