WIND: A new industry study concludes the value of wind power in Iowa now far exceeds its cost there. (Midwest Energy News)

NUCLEAR: Dairyland Electric Cooperative in Wisconsin wins a $73.5 million settlement from the federal government for having to store spent fuel at one of the utility’s long-shuttered nuclear plants. (LaCrosse Tribune)

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SOLAR:
• Minnesota receives $2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to boost solar development. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• U.S. solar capacity will have nearly tripled in size in less than three years by 2017, according to the Department of Energy. (Climate Central)
• Minnesota-based retail giant Target earns the top spot among U.S. companies, surpassing Walmart, with the most solar capacity installed at its facilities. (CNET)
• Instead of a boom in community solar, “there are mostly unresolved debates over policies” that seem to distort the benefits it can bring. (Utility Dive)
• An Illinois elementary school plans to install solar panels that will meet 20 percent of the building’s energy needs. (Southern Illinoisan)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Wisconsin regulators may increase funding for farm digesters that convert animal waste to electricity. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

REGULATION: Subsidizing power plants in deregulated markets is not just an anecdote in Ohio, but rather a growing trend. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY: New building energy codes and statewide initiatives have boosted Missouri’s ranking among states pursuing energy efficiency. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

CLIMATE: Over the course of the three presidential debates, moderators asked the candidates zero questions about climate change. (ClimateWire)

RATES: A new report shows Ohio residential ratepayers are paying more for electricity but consuming less overall. (Columbus Business First)

PIPELINES: A media watchdog group is calling on North Dakota prosecutors to drop charges against three filmmakers who were covering Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

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TRANSMISSION: AEP plans to build a $20 million “transmission regional distribution center” outside Columbus, Ohio. (Newark Advocate)

COMMENTARY: Regulatory approval of Xcel Energy’s 15-year energy plan “will further strengthen Minnesota’s leadership position in the clean energy transition.” (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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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