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SOLAR: Customers of an Upper Peninsula cooperative feel the “carpet ripped out” from under them as the member-regulated utility slashes the rate it pays for excess solar power. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: Developers are looking to build a 7 MW solar storage project in Ohio that they believe would be the largest of its kind. (Utility Dive)

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ELECTRIC CHOICE: More legislation in an already crowded energy debate in Michigan was introduced Thursday that would open the state’s Retail Open Access market to public entities. (MLive)

CLIMATE CHANGE: At least 10 U.S. House Republicans plan to sign a resolution committing themselves to climate change mitigation and acknowledging the human activity. (E&E Daily)

NATURAL GAS: An Ohio board approves plans for an 800 MW natural gas plant. (Youngstown Vindicator)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A Wisconsin local grocery chain will install grinding systems at its stores to convert food waste to energy. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

WIND: After being rejected in three counties, an Iowa wind project resurfaces. (KCCI-TV)

PIPELINES:
• Minnesota lawmakers question whether Gov. Mark Dayton has “quietly supported” environmental groups looking to block the Bakken Pipeline. Dayton denies it. (KSTP-TV, Forum News Service)
Enbridge faces an uphill battle to restore its public image in Michigan. (MLive)

KEYSTONE XL: Hillary Clinton calls out the Obama administration for what she says is an overdue decision on the project. (Reuters)

OIL AND GAS: U.S. crude oil production is finally starting to decline after months of continuous increases despite falling prices. (EnergyWire)

NUCLEAR: A new $12 million nuclear research lab is dedicated at the University of Michigan. (CBS Detroit)

COMMENTARY: One party missing from Minnesota’s planning for Clean Power Plan compliance is health professionals. (MinnPost)

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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