SOLAR: Iowa lawmakers look to boost funding for a popular statewide solar tax credit that supporters say has helped nurture the industry there. (Midwest Energy News)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Republican-led states in the Midwest take a predictable path of holding off on compliance following last week’s Supreme Court stay. (EnergyWire)

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PIPELINES: Enbridge pushes back the operational date for the North Dakota-to-Wisconsin Sandpiper project as well as a pipeline replacement as it completes environmental assessments. (Minnesota Public Radio)

FRACKING:
• A Republican Senate candidate in Ohio says the state should gradually increase the severance tax on fracking to align with other states. (Columbus Dispatch)
A new anthology spans 50 authors and 26 states chronicling areas where fracking is happening and impacting communities. (Radio Iowa)

COAL:
• Analysts say even a recent Supreme Court ruling on the Clean Power Plan won’t be a “saving grace” for the coal industry. (SNL/IEEFA)
A national mining official says the industry is “simply in a survival mode.” (National Public Radio)
The U.S. EPA has concerns over air pollution from a southern Illinois coal plant. (Alton Telegraph)

OIL AND GAS:
• North Dakota’s energy regulator is concerned about hedge funds and other investment groups buying up oil assets across the state with little experience in the industry. (Reuters)
Opponents pack a metro Detroit auditorium to speak out against a church’s plan to drill for oil on its property. (CBS Detroit)
North Dakota’s governor urges a major oil company to preserve the environment around a drilling operation near a state park. (Bismarck Tribune)
A North Dakota county will appeal to the state Supreme Court to allow the local government to have jurisdiction over oil and gas zoning. (Bismarck Tribune)

WIND:
• At 8.6 gigawatts, wind energy was the top source of new generation capacity in 2015, surpassing solar and natural gas. (Transmission & Distribution World)
A Kansas community sees the economic benefits of wind development spread across other sectors. (Marysville Advocate)

OHIO:
• Dynegy’s CEO says the two “bailout requests” by AEP and FirstEnergy “only exist for Wall Street.” (Columbus Business First)
• FirstEnergy finished 2015 with more than $500 million in net profits as it pitches an income-guarantee request to state regulators. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A former General Motors executive says widespread adoption of electric vehicles will happen in the coming years as it becomes easier and cheaper to build them. (Forbes)

NATURAL GAS: Local officials near Chicago plan a 4-cent-per-gallon tax on compressed natural gas refueling. (Daily Herald)

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STORAGE: A Michigan researcher says cross-disciplinary work will help overcome challenges with energy storage. (MLive)

COMMENTARY:
• Chicago should start making serious investments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (Chicago Tribune)
Major Michigan utilities have a “perverse and destructive relationship” with state government. (Detroit News)
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Minnesota’s taconite industry stands to benefit from the manufacturing demand for wind turbines. (Duluth News Tribune)

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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