GRID:
• As policymakers in Ohio and elsewhere look to modernize their aging electric grid, concepts in Germany’s changing energy system suggest how today’s decisions can set the stage for a greater share of renewables and more energy security. (Midwest Energy News)
• Missouri lawmakers speak out against proposed rate increases to pay for grid upgrades. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Minnesota’s first statewide director of sustainability discusses opportunities with solar and efficiency. (Midwest Energy News)
• A Wisconsin university is recognized by the U.S. EPA for its commitment to clean energy. (Portage County Gazette)

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SOLAR:
• The Department of Energy’s SunShot goal to bring solar prices down to $1 per watt, once thought overly aspirational, has been achieved three years early. (Greentech Media)
• An Ohio county seeks more residential input for a solar cooperative program. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

COAL:
• Utility officials are still looking to sell a former coal plant in west Michigan for redevelopment purposes. (MLive)
• Illinois is not among the states suing against Obama administration stream-protection rules. (Illinois News Network)
• Experts say weakening environmental regulations won’t help to revive the coal industry, because it’s “being pounded by market forces.” (CNN Money)

UTILITIES: Michigan-based DTE Energy says it spent $1.3 billion on Michigan-based companies for projects. (Associated Press)

GRID: The CEO of the Mid-Continent Independent System Operator expects to see “a lot more intermittency” in the region’s generation fleet. (Platts)

CLIMATE:
• Federal officials say U.S. EPA employees have been told to stand down from scrubbing climate change information from the agency’s website. (Greenwire)
• Some states are moving forward with Clean Power Plan compliance plans amid federal energy policy uncertainty. (NPR)

PIPELINES: Rural Wisconsin residents are speaking out against pipeline expansion plans. (WiscNews)

BIOFUEL: BNSF Railway will offer discounts of $300 per carload to shippers who use safer train cars to transport ethanol. (Reuters)

EMISSIONS: A once well-known professional sports dome in Detroit is reused as a site store faulty Volkwswagen cars. (WWJ-TV)

COMMENTARY: Indiana’s relationship with coal is “complicated.” (NUVO)

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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