MICHIGAN: Gov. Rick Snyder’s office and the Public Service Commission believe We Energies is double-dipping in the U.P. by collecting SSR payments from ratepayers and also rates from a returning industrial customer. (Midwest Energy News)

KEYSTONE XL: Congress authorizes construction of Keystone XL, setting up Obama veto. In final hours, a top union official said Democrats “perverted” the process. (New York Times, The Hill)

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EPA: A coal-dependent utility in Missouri marks subtle shift in policy by supporting EPA’s Clean Power Plan but with revisions. (EnergyWire)

LED: A Wisconsin-based energy-efficient lighting developer announces a $15 million stock offering to expand its LED business. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

OHIO: State regulators could decide on American Electric Power’s “bailout” proposal for a coal plant as early as next week. (Columbus Business Journal)

EV: Kia plans to unveil its new electric, all-wheel drive, off-road vehicle this week at the Chicago Auto Show. (MLive)

OVERSIGHT: Minnesota lawmakers vote to change agencies that oversee a troubled energy assistance grant program. (Minnesota Public Radio)

NATURAL GAS: New research says that EPA numbers “vastly underestimate” the amount of methane emissions from producing natural gas. Pennsylvania governor proposes a 5 percent severance tax on fracking, expecting to generate at least $1 billion for schools. (Phys.org, Reuters)

WISCONSIN: Wisconsin Electric Power Company’s fourth-quarter profits dip, in part due to costs related to planned merger with Integrys. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

TRANSMISSION: A new report by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council suggests how to modernize the grid with new generation from renewables. (Cleantechnica)

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CLIMATE: The new Republican-controlled Senate begins taking aim at Obama’s climate change policy. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY: Michigan Congressman Fred Upton’s “Architect of Abundance” energy plan only seeks to increase profits for oil and gas industry. (EcoWatch)

Andy Balaskovitz

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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