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MICHIGAN: As Gov. Rick Snyder prepares to make a major statewide energy policy announcement in March, advocates are concerned it will be overly focused on natural gas. (Midwest Energy News)

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SOLAR: Wisconsin solar backers file a lawsuit challenging regulators on recent rate decisions, utilities embrace community solar, and advocates want to make Iowa City a solar leader. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Utility Dive, Huffington Post)

COAL: An Ohio company backs off a plan to mine for coal under a state park, a court rules that coal mining can take place in Ohio wetlands, and forecasts show coal retaining a significant share of electricity generation in coming decades. (Columbus Dispatch, EnergyWire)

CHICAGO: An audit of a utility’s multibillion-dollar natural gas pipeline replacement program is being concealed from the public. (Chicago Tribune)

WIND: U.S. wind installations grew sixfold last year. (Bloomberg)

• Crews continue to clean up a major brine spill in North Dakota. (Associated Press)
• Water in a Montana town impacted by a pipeline spill may be safe to drink again as early as today. (Reuters)
• Enbridge is expected to restore landscaping along a pipeline route in Michigan this spring. (InsideClimate News)
• North Dakota boom towns prepare for thousands of layoffs. (CNN)

OHIO: Four finalists have been forwarded to Gov. John Kasich for an open seat on the state’s Public Utilities Commission, and a state lawmaker seeks to restore Ohio’s leadership in clean energy. (Columbus Business First, Paulding Progress)

ELECTRIC CARS: Missouri auto dealers sue the state for allowing Tesla’s sales model. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: The Energy Department is offering $55 million to develop more efficient vehicles. (The Hill)

ETHANOL: Iowa officials seek to make ethanol a central issue in the 2016 presidential race. (The Hill)

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COMMENTARY: Why net metering isn’t unfair to other customers, and Wisconsin embarks on a losing strategy on climate change. (Utility Dive, Urban Milwaukee)

CORRECTION: An item in yesterday’s digest misidentified the Wisconsin Farmers Union.

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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