SUSTAINABILITY: Stakeholders from a variety of sectors are developing the best ways to restore pollinator habitats along rights-of-way, including along transmission routes. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• After permitting delays, Xcel Energy says two community solar projects in Wisconsin will be online later this year. (LaCrosse Tribune)
• Ameren Missouri looks to build a one-megawatt solar project near the St. Louis airport. (St. Louis Business Journal)
• Michigan-based DTE Energy is “exploring options” for redeveloping a former coal plant in Pittsburgh with solar panels. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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NUCLEAR: Dozens of groups in Ohio line up in opposition to subsidies sought by FirstEnergy for its nuclear plants. (Columbus Business First)

UTILITIES:
• Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy are appealing a decision by Kansas regulators last month to block a merger of the two companies. (Associated Press)
• The CEO of We Energies’ parent company says the firm will continue transitioning away from coal to natural gas and renewables despite President Trump’s plan to end federal carbon-reduction requirements. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla plans to add a supercharging station in Minneapolis later this year and other locations around the Midwest. (City Pages)

COAL ASH: Alliant Energy has begun capping four coal ash ponds tied to a former power plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

BIOFUELS: U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signals his support for lifting seasonal restrictions on the sale of high-ethanol fuel, giving ethanol supporters a “surprise boost.” (E&E News)

RATES:
• Consumer advocates are concerned about Xcel Energy’s planned electric and gas rate increases in Wisconsin to help pay for infrastructure investment and to offset lower-than-expected demand. (Winona Daily News)
• Indiana’s leading consumer advocate explains rates are going up to pay for investments in renewable energy and upgraded infrastructure. (RTV-6)

CLIMATE: A growing number of U.S. cities, including several in the Midwest, are committing to 100 percent renewable energy goals. (Grist)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A Nebraska waste-to-energy facility is fined more than $50,000 for six “serious violations” related to workplace safety. (Sioux City Journal)

OIL AND GAS: The North Dakota Petroleum Council launches a scholarship program for members of the Three Affiliated Tribes who are interested in a career in energy. (Forum News Service)

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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