CLIMATE:
• While two state agencies have removed climate change information from their websites in recent months, Wisconsin has a long history of being a leader in climate research. (Midwest Energy News)
• In Kansas, “the economic realities of agriculture make climate change a critical business issue,” though politics and social pressures make it a difficult topic to discuss frankly. (New York Times)

UTILITIES: Draft legislation is being circulated in Ohio that would begin to re-regulate the state’s electric industry as major coal plants compete with cheap natural gas and wind. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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OIL AND GAS:
• North Dakota lawmakers have been thrust into the debate over who owns the mineral rights under a man-made lake. (Associated Press)
• Customers participating in Ohio’s competitive natural gas market are seeing savings on their bills. (Columbus Dispatch)
• A Canadian company is working on multiple oil fluid spill cleanups in an area of North Dakota near the Little Missouri River. (Bismarck Tribune)

WIND: A developer says it’s still interested in a planned $250 million wind project in southwest Michigan despite company personnel changes and a lack of communication with local officials. (Herald-Palladium)

VOLKSWAGEN SCANDAL: Minnesota is set to receive $47 million as part of an emissions settlement with the German automaker, which could lead to more electric and natural gas-powered vehicles there. (Minnesota Public Radio)

CLEAN ENERGY: Illinois, Michigan and Ohio are among several states pushing for more clean energy despite changes at the federal level. (Daily Egyptian)

PIPELINES:
• The resignation of Norman Bay from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could mean costly delays for some major pipeline projects. (NPR)
• A southern Illinois congressman praises President Trump for seeking to revive the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines. (Southern Illinoisan)
• North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum met with tribal officials for five hours last week, showing a “gesture of good faith” following tense months of pipeline protests. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Protesters assemble in Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota against Trump’s pipeline decisions. In North Dakota, minor flooding is almost certain this spring at the main protest camp. (WHO-TV, MLive, Minnesota Public Radio, Associated Press)
• TransCanada could face another protracted battle with Nebraska landowners as it seeks route access again for Keystone XL. (Lincoln Journal Star)

REGULATION: A former member of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is hired as the agency’s top staffer weeks after resigning his seat. (Columbus Dispatch)

EFFICIENCY: Arthur H. Rosenfeld, the physicist credited for starting the energy efficiency movement in the 1970s, has passed away at the age of 90. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: Will Donald Trump sink the Dakota Access and Keystone XL projects with his own “protectionist impulses?” (Wall Street Journal)

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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