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

• 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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• 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)

• 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)

• 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)

• 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)

• 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)

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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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