OIL AND GAS: As oil and gas prices have fallen, Michigan officials turn to taxpayers to fund an oversight program that has traditionally been paid for by the industry. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• North Dakota legislators approve a measure meant to clarify the ownership rights of minerals in a Missouri River reservoir. (Associated Press)
• 
Energy Transfer Partners spills almost 50,000 barrels of drilling fluids into Ohio wetlands while constructing a $4.2 billion natural gas pipeline. (Bloomberg)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A report ranking states according to their clean energy “momentum” places Iowa in the top ten. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: Wind power represents more than 80 percent of the new electricity generating capacity built in the Midwest and Great Plains states over the past five years. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• Solar panels are becoming increasingly common among Minnesota school districts, though they are mostly limited to Xcel Energy’s service territory. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Developers are increasingly approaching Illinois farmers about leasing land for solar projects. (Illinois Farmer Today)
• A popular bar in Dayton, Ohio is installing a rooftop solar project:“Over time, the savings really add up.” (Dayton Daily News)

PIPELINES: More than 90 landowners in Nebraska continue fighting to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run through their properties. (Reuters)

CLEAN ENERGY: Michigan’s new energy laws take effect today, removing the cap on how much utilities can spend on energy efficiency and renewable energy. (Michigan Radio)

COAL:
• Retired coal miners criticize President Trump’s silence on the possible end of federal health benefits: “He promised to help miners, not just mining companies.” (New York Times)
• Analysts say publicly traded coal companies are unlikely to spend on acquisitions or growth projects in the coming years, “and instead should distribute their earnings to shareholders.” (Platts)

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GRID:
• Ameren Illinois is making grid reliability investments while lowering rates. (Decatur Herald and Review)
• AEP Ohio is looking to increase fixed fees on customers to pay for infrastructure investments. (Parkersburg News & Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: The Toledo Blade says a bill to support nuclear generation with zero-emissions credits “only serves to artificially support one source of electricity in Ohio to the detriment of other energy sources.”

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.

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