SOLAR: The Indiana legislature signs off on a bill to phase out the state’s net metering program, sending it to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• A Minnesota county agrees to a 25-year deal to buy its electricity from a nearby 30-acre solar garden. (Winona Post)
• A Minnesota incentive program helped a Minneapolis brewery install solar panels on its roof. (Finance & Commerce)
• Eastern Michigan farmers learn about the benefits of installing solar on their property to hedge against uncertain fossil fuel costs. (Huron Daily Tribune)
• A large Michigan greenhouse opens a new solar project onsite. (WZZM-TV)

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EFFICIENCY:
• A Chicago realty group adds “smart” energy efficiency retrofits to an iconic building in the city’s skyline that avoided a costly replacement of existing mechanical systems. (Midwest Energy News)
• A former Trump administration transition official says the energy efficiency industry “had a good run” and that it’s time to rebalance federal funding to the sector with that of “clean coal” and nuclear research. (RTO Insider)

NUCLEAR: The Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center seeks to intervene in a lawsuit against the state’s zero-emissions credits for nuclear plants, saying the case could also threaten renewable energy standards. (Cook County Record)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla has now passed General Motors to become the largest U.S. automaker based on market capitalization. (AFP)

EMISSIONS: For the second year in a row, carbon emissions from the U.S. electricity sector fell by about 5 percent. (Climate Central)

CARBON CAPTURE: Operations have begun on a plan to inject and permanently store more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide per year deep underneath part of Decatur, Illinois. (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)

CYBERSECURITY: A new survey of more than 600 U.S. utility officials shows “cyber and physical security” are the most pressing concerns among their companies. (Utility Dive)

GEOTHERMAL: A Greater Cincinnati-based clean energy company opens a geothermal division to meet growing customer demand. (Cincinnati Business Courier)

COMMENTARY:
• A clean energy advocate says as Michigan utilities continue to close coal plants, “market forces will continue to favor renewable energy, especially wind power.” (Detroit News)
• A South Dakota farmer and wind energy advocate says the state should tap into its wind resources to bring more economic development. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
• The American Bird Conservancy says placing wind turbines in and around the Great Lakes would come at too great of a cost for wildlife. (Chicago Tribune)

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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