OHIO: American Electric Power and the Sierra Club go before Ohio regulators in support of a compromise plan that would guarantee income for some power plants, a ruling is expected in March. (Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Business First)

• In response to price spikes in Illinois, federal regulators order PJM MISO to redesign parts of its capacity auction. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• A look ahead at the other issues PJM and MISO will be dealing with in the coming year. (RTO Insider)

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WIND: Amazon is planning to build a 100 MW wind farm in northwest Ohio to help power three new data centers. (Toledo Blade)

TRANSMISSION: Why developers of a proposed wind-energy transmission line are asking Iowa to change its regulatory process. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR: Money from a pollution settlement funds solar panels at a Michigan historic site. (Associated Press)

COAL: An Illinois utility’s search for lower-priced coal could jeopardize local mining jobs. (Springfield State Journal-Register)

• Enbridge sues a Wisconsin county over its insurance requirement, saying it was passed “solely for political purposes.” (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Officials in an Ohio county have sent a letter to federal regulators expressing concern about a proposed gas pipeline’s proximity to public water wells. (Toledo Blade)

• The number of drilling rigs in North Dakota has hit its lowest point since 2009. (Fargo Forum)
• North Dakota officials fail to reach an agreement with the Three Affiliated Tribes on revenue sharing. (Bismarck Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: Consumer groups praise a decision by Indiana regulators to push a utility harder on energy efficiency. (Times of Northwest Indiana)

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UTILITIES: An Iowa utility begins deploying battery-assisted boom trucks that eliminate the need for idling engines at work sites. (Cedar Valley Business)

COMMENTARY: “Bizarro” floods in Illinois and Missouri underscore the economic risks of climate change. (NRDC Switchboard)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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