SOLAR: Despite only one project being built in the first year of the program, a Minnesota utility expects the pace of community solar to pick up significantly in 2016. (Midwest Energy News)

CLEANTECH: The new CEO of the Chicago-based Clean Energy Trust explains how the organization advances the clean energy economy and how the Midwest can play a leadership role. (Midwest Energy News)

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• U.S. negotiators in Paris are trying to convince other nations to not make a deal on emissions cuts subject to international law, which would require Senate approval. (Greenwire)
As time winds down, potential for an agreement grows. (ClimateWire)

• Wisconsin regulators approve a utility’s plan to sell one of its coal plants to a hospital to convert to a natural gas plant. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Michigan researchers say carbon capture is too costly. (Michigan Radio)

CHOICE: Public school officials in Michigan say Retail Open Access saves them $15 million a year. (MLive)

RENEWABLES: Electric co-ops in Michigan are exceeding the state’s renewable energy standard. (Mr. Great Lakes)

BATTERIES: Firefighters warn of the risks posed by widespread adoption of in-home energy storage. (EnergyWire)

OIL AND GAS: A legal debate is rekindled over whether the government is obligated to sell publicly owned minerals whose burning could exacerbate climate change. (Greenwire)

NUCLEAR: The U.S. nuclear industry looks to cut costs 30 percent by 2018. (Platts)

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ADVOCACY: Consumer advocates are fighting a plan in Ohio by AEP to cut spending in half for a program to help low-income customers weatherize their homes. (Columbus Dispatch)

• Ohio regulators should reject FirstEnergy’s “bailout” plan. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
University of Michigan officials should pursue fossil-fuel divestment. (Michigan Daily)

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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