OHIO:
• Opponents of a rate-guarantee proposal by AEP say the plan could cost ratepayers $2.5 billion through 2024. (Columbus Business First)
Following their past of public sparring over policy, AEP and FirstEnergy now find themselves on the same side. (Columbus Business First)

PIPELINE: South Dakota regulators will start a two-week hearing today on whether to allow Dakota Access Pipeline through the state. (Associated Press)

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CLIMATE:
• The Archdiocese of Chicago is following the Pope’s message and replacing old equipment at parishes citywide to lower carbon emissions. (Pacific Standard)
• Scientists say U.S. public lands will be an important resource for sequestering carbon to help curb climate change. (Climate Central)
Emission-reduction pledges announced by major countries before the Paris talks will likely fall short of needed climate action. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Across the country, utilities are getting into the rooftop solar market and competing with small-scale installers. (Associated Press)
A Minnesota farm is the first to connect to Xcel’s grid as part of the utility’s community solar program. (St. Peter Herald)

EFFICIENCY: Michigan’s state energy agency makes efficiency upgrades and adds renewables at its headquarters using PACE financing. (MLive)

ILLINOIS: A budget standoff means the electricity could be shut off at the state Capitol, an official warns. (Associated Press)

FRACKING: Experts from academia and industry issue guidelines for states dealing with fracking and earthquakes. (Associated Press)

POLLUTION: EPA officials gear up for a fight this week on Capitol Hill as the agency finalizes stricter ozone limits. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: A Wisconsin company forms a subsidiary to expand its renewable energy sales in Hawaii. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

VW POLLUTION CASE:
• Minnesota Volkswagen owners wait for the automaker to say how their cars can be fixed. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• The company is expected to announce today that software in the 11 million affected vehicles can up be updated “in the next few days.” (Associated Press)

COAL: A 100-year-old city power plant in Missouri is set to burn the last of its coal before switching to natural gas and wood waste. (Columbia Missourian)

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NUCLEAR: A $1.5 million federal grant will allow researchers at Kansas State University to better study the school’s nuclear reactor console. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• The Cleveland Plain Dealer says Ohio Gov. John Kasich should lift the state’s clean-energy standards freeze if the legislature doesn’t.
• Wealthy front groups are limiting the ability for governments to make meaningful progress on climate change. (Duluth News Tribune)
Adopting a state-based Clean Power Plan compliance strategy is the right move for Michigan. (Oakland Press)

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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