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Former Ohio governor joins climate change effort

OVERSIGHT: In his first year as chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Samuel Randazzo’s long opposition to renewable energy is making its mark in state regulatory decisions. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: You be the regulator: review facts from previous Ohio rate cases and see how your conclusions compare to state regulators’ actual decisions. (Energy News Network)

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CLIMATE: Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich joins a climate change effort launched by former Secretary of State John Kerry. (Statehouse News Bureau)

SOLAR:
• Residents of a Chicago public housing complex that has long faced industrial pollution push for solar energy. (Forbes)
• Natural resource officials in Michigan say a former mine in the central Upper Peninsula could host a large-scale solar project. (Iron Mountain Daily News)

COAL:
• Coal plants are closing, and even the ones that remain open are running much less often than before, according to new federal data. (InsideClimate News)
• Five University of Wisconsin campuses will stop using coal as a heating source this year and switch to natural gas and heating oil. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

PIPELINES: Hearings began last week in Illinois to determine whether the owner of the Dakota Access pipeline can double the project’s capacity. (WTTW)

NATURAL GAS: Lawmakers in at least five states, including Missouri, have proposed bills recently to prevent cities from banning natural gas as an energy source in new buildings. (Reuters)

NUCLEAR: A nearly 50-year-old, 600 MW nuclear plant in eastern Iowa is set to retire later this year. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

WIND: Michigan’s top agriculture county is also the state’s largest wind energy producer. (Crain’s Detroit Business, subscription)

BIOGAS: Legislative efforts to boost renewable natural gas in Minnesota face criticism from environmental groups that say electrification is a cheaper alternative for reducing pollution. (MinnPost)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has issued multiple executive orders and signed a memorandum of understanding with Finland that address mobility and electric vehicles. (MiBiz)
• A Minnesota electric vehicle driver says the state should be more transparent about how it uses annual fees for EV drivers. (Star Tribune)

EFFICIENCY:
• Michigan regulators approve energy efficiency plans for the state’s two major utilities that expand programs for low-income customers. (MiBiz)
• A southwestern Wisconsin resident is building the area’s first net-zero energy home. (WMTV)

COMMENTARY: General Motors’ “gamble” on an all-electric future “represents a huge economic opportunity for the company, as well as for its home state,” a Michigan columnist says. (Michigan Advance)

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