• Ford announces a $4.5 billion investment in electric vehicles, including a proposed SUV with 300 miles of range. (MLive, CNET)
• A section of I-94 from Detroit to Fargo is among the routes the federal government is promoting as an electric vehicle corridor. (Alexandria Echo Press)

• While Ohio’s clean energy standards will resume this year, they remain weakened by a pair of 2014 laws. (Midwest Energy News)
• Leaders of Ohio’s House and Senate say the state needs a long-term energy plan that is “consistent and stable.” (Cleveland.com)

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• Michigan’s new energy law is creating confusion about the economics of consumer-owned solar installations. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
• A 10 MW solar array along with energy efficiency measures are part of a Minnesota National Guard base’s plan to move to net zero. (Midwest Energy News)
• Community solar comes to Ohio’s coal country. (PV Magazine)

WIND: A Minnesota company announces plans to expand a North Dakota wind farm. (Duluth News Tribune)

FRACKING: A judge orders Ohio officials to allow a wastewater injection well to resume operations after it was shut down in 2014 because of a string of nearby earthquakes. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: North Dakota’s governor warns Dakota Access protesters about the dangers of potential spring flooding at their camp. (Reuters)

EPA: Environmental groups launch a campaign to oppose the nomination of Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. (The Hill)

NUCLEAR: A Canadian company planning to store waste near Lake Huron says it has ruled out other alternatives as too costly. (Associated Press)

GRID: A Michigan utility plans to complete its installation of smart meters this year. (MLive)

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CLIMATE: Advocates seek ways to begin cutting emissions from the agriculture industry. (InsideClimate News)

• A state lawmaker says Michigan’s new energy plan is “a good compromise that puts Michigan consumers first.” (Petoskey News Review)
• 2016 was a year of ups and downs for nuclear energy. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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