SOLAR: Advocates in Ohio are leading a new program that aims to reduce the “soft costs” of residential solar installations in the state’s Appalachian coal region. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• In response to upcoming net metering changes, officials in Bloomington, Indiana vote to fast-track plans to install solar panels at 30 different sites by the end of the year. (Indiana Public Media)
• A series of solar installations are under construction in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to power drinking water booster stations. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• A YMCA in Illinois is planning to save $3,000 a year after installing solar panels on the roof. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
• Across the country, state utility regulators are revisiting net metering policies and are not necessarily receptive to utility proposals. (Utility Dive)

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EPA:
• While in North Dakota, U.S. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt holds multiple closed-door meetings with state officials on energy and agriculture, and also appears on a local radio program to cast doubt on climate science. (Grand Forks Herald, The Hill)
• Pruitt also said production capabilities and demand will play key roles when setting biodiesel mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard. (Radio Iowa)

PIPELINES: Ohio landowners are concerned about the recent appointments made to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the likelihood of the Nexus gas pipeline project moving forward. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

WIND: An Indiana resident seeks local permission to install a 10-kilowatt wind turbine on his property. (Jeffersonville News and Tribune)

OIL AND GAS: Developers planning a second natural gas plant in an Ohio town make their case to state officials for the $900 million project. (Youngstown Vindicator)

UTILITIES:
• Wisconsin regulators approve a two-year rate freeze for We Energies electric and gas customers, though questions remain about when the utility will cover hundreds of millions of dollars in deferred costs. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• A report from two watchdog groups says utilities have made more political donations to national Republican groups than for Democrats, likely for candidates’ willingness to challenge EPA regulations. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY: Clean energy groups continue to criticize Ameren Illinois’ plan to scale back energy efficiency targets established in a new last passed last year. (RTO Insider)

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WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A Chicago-based company that turns cow manure into natural gas for commercial trucks raises $47 million in equity funding. (Chicago Business Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• A Texas researcher says the decline of the U.S. nuclear power industry also creates a national security challenge by discouraging the development of nuclear scientists and engineers. (The Conversation)
• Suniva and SolarWorld’s petition calling for tariffs on imported solar panels is an ill-conceived effort that could cost 88,000 Americans their jobs, says the CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. (Greentech Media)

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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