RENEWABLES: Madison, Wisconsin sets an ambitious goal to power the entire city with 100 percent renewable energy – including steps to be taken on transportation and heating. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL:
• The cost of cleaning up former Peabody Energy sites will largely fall on taxpayers as a result of the company’s bankruptcy. (Wall Street Journal / Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
• Coal ash being shipped into Virginia from overseas is being delivered to Wisconsin and Ohio for reuse. (Associated Press)
• Local officials in Ohio pass a resolution hoping to stop the planned closure of two nearby coal plants. (Ripley Bee)

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PIPELINES:
• As anticipated, the Trump administration will issue a permit for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. (New York Times)
• A large West Michigan diocese calls on Gov. Rick Snyder to scale back the transportation of oil through a pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (MLive)
• An oil pipeline spill in North Dakota in December is three times larger than originally thought, making it one of the most significant spills in the state’s history. (Forum News Service)
• The FBI is investigating recent acts of vandalism against the Dakota Access pipeline in northwest Iowa. (Radio Iowa)
• It remains unclear when oil will begin flowing through the Dakota Access pipeline. (Bismarck Tribune)
• The chairman of Energy Transfer Partners defends the construction of Dakota Access. (Forbes)

SOLAR: Two solar projects have come online in a Minnesota county in recent weeks, and several more are coming. (Chaska Herald)

WIND: Whirlpool is moving forward with wind development projects in Ohio. (Marion Star)

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OIL AND GAS: A federal judge dismisses a lawsuit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission brought by environmentalists who accused the agency of being biased toward approving natural gas pipelines. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
• Four Republican governors in the Midwest show how the region is moving forward with clean energy despite the Trump administration’s plan to roll back Obama-era policies, one advocacy group says. (Midwest Energy News)
• The Cleveland Plain Dealer says backers of a plan to eliminate Ohio’s clean energy standards are “in denial of the jobs, investment, growth and future economic stability that come from a broad energy portfolio in Ohio.”
• The Environmental Defense Fund says that in order for the U.S. to remain competitive globally in the auto sector, it should be investing in cleaner-running cars. (Forbes)
• The EDF also points out that a growing number of rust-belt states are tackling methane emissions even if the Trump administration won’t. (Forbes)
• Despite some amendments, an Indiana columnist says a bill to dismantle the state’s net metering program still has “many problems.” (NUVO Weekly)

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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