REGULATION: Advocates say new regulatory changes in Michigan will pave the way for more distributed generation owned by independent producers. (Midwest Energy News)

EFFICIENCY:
• A recent report finds utilities based in Minnesota and Illinois are among the most energy efficient in the country despite relatively low electricity prices. (Midwest Energy News)
• South Dakota regulators approve plans by Xcel Energy to increase rates for energy efficiency projects. (Rapid City Journal)

SOLAR: A Missouri resident launches a successful solar installation company despite political opposition. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

UTILITIES: Ohio ratepayers will see higher electric bills under plans by AEP and FirstEnergy for subsidies for old coal and nuclear plants. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

PIPELINES: Enbridge says its Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan has passed another pressure test. (Associated Press)

WIND: Wind energy opponents are planning public forums in South Dakota ahead of a referendum vote next month on setback distances. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

BIOFUELS: Regulatory challenges could slow the growth of ethanol consumption in Iowa. (Telegraph Herald)

OIL AND GAS: North Dakota regulators allow a natural gas pipeline project to move forward. (Associated Press)

STORAGE: A Chinese battery manufacturing company is opening a research and development center in southeast Michigan. (MLive)

CLIMATE: Over 170 House Democrats are pushing for a nonbinding resolution to condemn President Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate accord. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
• An industry spokesperson says fracking has been an economic boon for Ohio. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• The Union of Concerned Scientists says “despite all the negative attacks on clean energy at the federal level, clean energy momentum is happening, including in the Midwest.”

Andy Balaskovitz

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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