SOLAR: Dozens of advocates protested and some testified Wednesday against a plan from Michigan Republicans to eliminate the state’s net metering program. (Associated Press, Midwest Energy News)

• Lawmakers question to what extent rooftop solar customers are being subsidized by other ratepayers. (MLive)
Consumers Energy will launch its community solar program on dozens of acres at two West Michigan universities. (Detroit Free Press)

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• Ohio University gets to work on several of the school’s sustainability goals. (Athens Gazette)
A never-before-seen power purchase agreement between FirstEnergy and three Ohio utilities complicates a controversial rate change request involving a nuclear and coal plant. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: A new study shows a regional approach to lowering emissions instead of state-by-state plans could save nearly $1 billion. (Utility Dive)

PHILANTHROPY: The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation* will hand out $50 million in grants for various climate change initiatives. (ClimateWire)

NUCLEAR: Federal and state lawmakers in Michigan want residents to speak out against a proposed waste storage site near Lake Huron in Canada. (Associated Press)

FRACKING: Less than nine months into the year, Oklahoma already has more earthquakes than it did in 2014. (EnergyWire)

TRANSPORTATION: Michigan lawmakers are still scrambling to come up with a meaningful road-funding deal. (Associated Press)

CNG: The number of compressed natural gas stations in Ohio continues to grow. (Columbus Dispatch)

SOLAR: A Minnesota community considers becoming the first community solar site for SunShare. (Osakis Review)

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WIND: A local planning board rejects a series of restrictive zoning requirements for wind in Nebraska. (Lincoln Journal Star)

COMMENTARY: Technology is a key driver to developing sustainable energy generation. (Midwest Energy News)

*Editor’s note: The MacArthur Foundation is a funder of Midwest Energy News.

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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