SOLAR: Due to a spike in small-scale solar installations last year, an Upper Peninsula utility recently became the first in Michigan to reach its net metering cap. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• A national guidebook being developed to help state regulators settle differences between utilities and solar advocates over pricing “masks persisting disagreements between the two camps.” (Utility Dive)
• An Indiana solar company sees the benefit of a nationwide initiative to bring down the costs of solar. (Inside Indiana Business)

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UTILITIES: The CEO of AEP in Ohio says simply selling the utility’s unprofitable plants is “not the right thing to do,” and he will first pursue a restructuring of the state’s electric market. (Columbus Business First)

TRANSPORTATION: Electric vehicles are increasingly being considered as a way to boost renewable energy integration into the grid. (ClimateWire)

WIND: A Nebraska city is taking the first steps toward building its first wind project. (Beatrice Daily Sun)

OIL AND GAS:
• Fewer shipments from the Midwest to the East Coast are driving an overall decline in oil shipments by rail. (Energy Collective)
• The president and CEO of Peoples Gas in Chicago inherited a multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline infrastructure project plagued by cost overruns and delays. (Chicago Tribune)

COAL:
• Peabody Energy is asking a bankruptcy judge to let it pay up to $12 million in bonuses to the company’s top executives. (Dow Jones Newswires)
• An Illinois Senate candidate supports the coal industry’s rebound as part of his campaign platform. (SW Illinois News)
• A North Dakota program fills abandoned coal mines in an effort to prevent dangerous sinkholes from forming. (Bismarck Tribune)

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WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A southern Indiana cement plant is battling local officials over zoning issues as the company seeks to burn hazardous waste for fuel. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• The CEO of the American Wind Energy Association says Donald Trump is wrong when he says wind power “kills all your birds.” (Des Moines Register)
• Hundreds rally in Chicago in support of the Clean Energy Incentive Program, a voluntary initiative to spur rapid deployment of clean energy. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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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