SOLAR: Minnesota prepares for a solar industry boom as community solar grows in the coming years. (Midwest Energy News)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• The U.S. EPA says it will help states that want to continue working on compliance strategies. (ClimateWire)
• Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death means it is more likely that key EPA rules that aim to curb climate pollution will be upheld. (Climate Central)
• Kansas lawmakers advance an amendment that will block funding to study Clean Power Plan compliance. (Lawrence Journal-World)

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COAL:
• Midwest advocates ask state and federal regulators to stop allowing Peabody Energy to use self-bonding for mine remediation. (Associated Press)
Company and state officials are working to clean up a coal slurry discharge from an Illinois mine. (Southern Illinoisan)
Some analysts say a bankruptcy filing for Peabody Energy is “highly likely.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

RENEWABLES: Michigan utilities exceeded the state’s 10 percent renewable energy standard last year. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

NUCLEAR:
• Xcel Energy is open to decommissioning a Minnesota nuclear plant earlier than planned. (Forum News Service)
Federal officials explore the possibility of storing nuclear waste at a site in North Dakota. (Associated Press)
Federal regulators are concerned that a recent labor ruling could have an “adverse impact” on employees’ willingness to raise safety and compliance concerns at a Michigan nuclear plant. (MLive)

BIOENERGY: How biomass could be used to lower emissions by co-firing with coal. (Forbes)

OIL AND GAS:
• Recycling industry officials say the sector is “in a crisis” as oil prices plunge. (New York Times)
Kansas towns see a second year of downtown following nearly a decade of boom times for the oil industry. (Associated Press)
The Bakken oil patch is seeing an exodus of retirees. (Bismarck Tribune)

EFFICIENCY:
• Illinois ranks in the top 10 in the nation for its number of LEED-certified buildings. (Quad-City Times)
Analysts say a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Energy would likely lead to the phaseout of compact fluorescent lights. (E&E Daily)

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WASTE TO ENERGY: Wisconsin advocates raise concerns about a countywide waste-to-energy program that may be leaching toxins into the groundwater. (LaCrosse Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• A new poll shows 80 percent of millennials support transitioning to “mostly clean” or renewable energy by 2030. (Quad-City Times)
Ohio officials must do more to decrease methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. (Toledo Blade)

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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