MINNESOTA: Recently passed energy legislation in Minnesota will significantly change the state’s renewable energy fund and eliminate regulatory oversight of fixed charges for rural co-ops and small municipal utilities. (Midwest Energy News)

GRID: An Illinois utility’s microgrid is unique in that it will be able to “island” residential customers in an outage. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: Coal mining is “not the big dog anymore” in southern Illinois. (E&E News)

COAL ASH: Advocates continue to raise concern about the threat of coal ash contamination to Illinois’ only designated scenic river. (WAND)

• A Canadian company revives a northern Minnesota solar plant. (Duluth News Tribune)
A Wisconsin library unveils its new solar array. (Merrill Foto News)
• Michigan lawmakers tour a solar installation in Cadillac. (UpNorthLive)

• A coalition of farm and clean energy groups push a South Dakota county to overturn a restrictive wind farm ordinance. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
• The five states that generated the largest share of their energy from wind power all went to President Trump in the 2016 election. (New York Times)

• While oil is flowing through the Dakota Access pipeline, opponents remain hopeful that appeals before the Iowa Supreme Court could still shut it down. (Des Moines Register)
Opposition grows to the Nexus pipeline in Michigan while federal approval is delayed by lack of a quorum at FERC. (Detroit Metro Times)

OIL AND GAS: North Dakota regulators revoke a permit for an oilfield company caught illegally dumping waste, but a timeline for cleanup remains unclear. (Bismarck Tribune)

• Missouri regulators delay a decision on the Grain Belt Express transmission line, pending the outcome of a court case on a different project. (E&E News, subscription)
• A Missouri city’s wind energy purchase depends on completion of the project. (Columbia Daily Tribune)

ELECTRIC CARS: Recently passed legislation in Minnesota creates a $75 annual fee for electric vehicles. (Minnesota Public Radio)

POLITICS: Climate change is emerging as a key issue in a Nebraska congressional race. (Omaha World-Herald)

• A Michigan utility is growing its investment in landfill gas operations throughout the country. (Michigan Radio)
• A court rejects a Wisconsin tribe’s lawsuit over a rejected permit for a proposed waste-to-energy plant. (WBAY)

UTILITIES: AEP customers in Ohio are expected to see a refund this month from a legal settlement resolved late last year. (Marietta Times)

• An advocate says “it is refreshing to see [Michigan’s] two largest utilities dismantle the false dichotomy that we must choose between the economy and the environment.” (Detroit News)
• “Local leaders are leading” on climate change. (Madison Capital Times)
• A New York Times editorial says “progress is possible” on climate change, despite the Trump administration, as cities and states lead the way.

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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