WIND: Xcel Energy announces a major push for wind energy, with plans to develop 1,500 megawatts across states in the Upper Midwest at a cost of $2 billion. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

ALSO: Construction on a scaled-back version of an Illinois wind project will begin next year, developers say. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

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SOLAR:
• A county executive in Wisconsin plans to allocate $2 million in the next budget for solar development, tripling the county’s solar production next year. (Madison Capital Times)
• A Wisconsin utility breaks ground on a new natural gas plant that will also include solar panels, making it the biggest solar energy producer of any utility in the state. (Janesville Gazette)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Electric car maker Tesla sues the state of Michigan for the right to sell its vehicles directly to customers and bypass dealerships. (Detroit News)
• Researchers at the Rocky Mountain Institute predict automation and electrification of the transportation industry could happen quickly and greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Washington Post)

CLEAN TECH: A 19-year-old University of Illinois student looks to “revolutionize the energy market” with technology that uses small devices under flooring to generate electricity with each footfall. (Midwest Energy News)

POLITICS:
• Iowa’s Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. David Young were among Republican lawmakers attending a conservative clean energy forum in Washington D.C. yesterday. (Southeast Energy News)
• Ohio Republicans discuss ways to engage with clean-energy advocates on renewable energy. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

OIL AND GAS:
• Tribes from Canada and the United States sign a treaty to jointly fight proposals to build more pipelines to move crude oil out of Alberta. (Reuters)
• State regulators approve a $1.1 billion, 1,100-megawatt natural gas plant in eastern Ohio. (Columbus Business First)
• Top-ranking Republicans in Ohio come out in support of the oil and gas industry “in an effort to counter rhetoric in the presidential race.” (WOSU)

EMISSIONS: Advocates want the U.S. EPA to deny Michigan’s plan to curb sulfur dioxide pollution near Detroit, saying the plan is not strong enough. (The News-Herald)

POLICY: The growing number of energy policy disputes in Ohio and nationally have led to a flood of new polling and research that are impacting politics. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

PIPELINES:
• Two major pro-development lobbying groups have launched a seven-figure ad campaign encouraging the Obama administration to support completion of the Dakota Access pipeline. (Grist)
• A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments in early October on a tribe’s request to halt construction on a portion of the Dakota Access pipeline. (EnergyWire)

UTILITIES: As part of a settlement agreement with companies who fought the acquisition of Westar Energy by Great Plains Energy, the bidding process will be reopened for others. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

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EMISSIONS: In an effort to save the state money, Illinois will close several vehicle emission-testing sites around Chicago, potentially leading to long lines for motorists. (CBS Chicago)

COMMENTARY:
• Donald Trump’s pro-coal and pro-oil-and-gas platform would actually hurt shale gas producers. (Forbes)
• Responding to an Enbridge official who says the company’s Mackinac pipeline is safe, a Michigan advocate says: “Independent experts and Enbridge’s own track record say we shouldn’t trust these claims.” (Detroit News)
• A Michigan economist says it’s important to couple renewable energy development with nuclear as a way to keep emissions from growing. (Detroit 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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