• Health advocates say there will be costs to the public if emissions rules like the Clean Power Plan continue to be delayed. (Midwest Energy News)
By seeking to halt the U.S. EPA’s latest rules on mercury emissions, opponents appear to be testing Supreme Court justices’ willingness to grant such requests. (Greenwire)

• As many as 49 wind turbines may be installed in a southwest Wisconsin township in 2017 as part of a 98-megawatt project. (Telegraph Herald)
• A coalition of business, labor and civic leaders in Nebraska start a petition for loosening restrictions on wind development in the state’s second-most populated county. (Lincoln Journal Star)

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OIL AND GAS: Federal lawmakers are still optimistic about the future of oil and gas development in eastern Ohio. (WTRF-TV)

• Due to greater fuel efficiency, consumption is lower than it was at its peak in 2007 even though Americans are driving more than they did then. (Climate Central)
U.S. refineries are cutting back on production, which could help cut into the record glut of supplies. (Bismarck Tribune)
One year after a 10-cent gas tax took effect in Iowa, the increase at the pump is helping fund needed construction and repair projects. (The Gazette)

• Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he would allow an oil pipeline to be built on his agricultural property if he was fairly compensated. (The Gazette)
Protesters interrupt Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton during a speech to call for greater scrutiny of a planned pipeline through the state. (Associated Press)

OIL-BY-RAIL: An inspector general report says federal regulators are failing to prosecute serious rail safety violations for oil transporters and are going lightly on civil fines. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Investors flee a Wisconsin-based lighting manufacturer that has shifted its focus to LED production, though the company says there is still a strong market for the product. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

TRANSMISSION: Minnesota regulators approve a permit for a new transmission line to carry hydroelectric power from Manitoba to northeast Minnesota. (Associated Press)

DIVESTMENT: Advocates at Northwestern University continue to push school administrators to divest in fossil fuel interests. (North by Northwestern)

MERGER: Washington D.C. regulators say they would approve a $6.8 billion merger between Chicago-based Exelon and Pepco if additional concessions are made. (RTO Insider)

FRACKING: The Moms Clean Air Force looks to build momentum against fracking development in the Quad-Cities region. (Quad-City Times)

OHIO: AEP says Pennsylvania regulators’ concerns about income-guarantee requests in Ohio are “misguided.” (Columbus Business First)

CLEAN ENERGY: Experts wonder whether the transition to wind, solar and natural gas will create a lack of fuel diversity. (EnergyWire)

COAL: Federal lawmakers look to extend a tax incentive for carbon capture equipment at coal facilities as well as increasing the credit value of using carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: As electric and hybrid vehicles become cheaper to produce, analysts say the “crude-oil economy is in for a shocker.” (CNET)

• The Environmental Defense Fund says approving the two “bailout” deals in Ohio would undermine the competitive auction process. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s resistance to clean energy policy is “irresponsible.” (Indiana Business Journal)
Why rural co-ops are getting into solar. (Vox)
• The timing is right to upgrade an 80-year-old steam plant in Duluth, Minnesota to be more efficient.(Duluth News Tribune)

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.

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