FRACKING: An Illinois legislative votes unanimously to clear the way for fracking in Illinois, but changes to state regulations will remain a secret for at least another week. (Chicago Tribune)

WISCONSIN: State regulators approve an 83 percent increase in fixed charges for a Green Bay utility, the first in three cases that advocates say is an attempt to disincentivize rooftop solar. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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GRID: A study by the Minnesota Department of Commerce finds the state could move to 40 percent renewable energy without grid disruptions. (CleanTechnica)

EFFICIENCY: Why low-income Ohioans will bear the brunt of a rollback of the state’s efficiency standards. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: A Kansas City holiday tradition becomes more energy efficient(Kansas City Star)

COAL: The Illinois pollution board rejects a challenge to a permit for the FutureGen 2.0 project, and the EIA says coal supplies are low at power plants across the Midwest. (Springfield State Journal-Register, The Hill)

WIND: Conservative groups work to prevent extension of the production tax credit, and a Canadian study finds no evidence to support health claims from wind turbines. (Greenwire, Canadian Press)

OIL AND GAS:
• Drilling companies scale back North Dakota expansion plans as oil prices drop. (Wall Street Journal)
• The White House declines to comment on whether it would veto a bill forcing approval of Keystone XL. (Politico)
• Members of a North Dakota tribe are hopeful their newly elected leader will better manage oil resources. (Associated Press)
• Public meetings will be held next month on a proposed pipeline across Iowa. (Des Moines Register)
• A drilling company says “unleased acreage is scarce” in Ohio’s Utica Shale. (Columbus Business First)
• Activists in Youngstown, Ohio aren’t ruling out a fifth attempt at a fracking ban. (InsideClimate News)

UTILITIES: Ohio regulators have yet to decide on a utility’s polar vortex surcharge, which Toledo officials refuse to pay; Moody’s downplays predictions of a utility “death spiral”; and Illinois utilities seek to extend authorization for rate increases for smart grid improvements. (Columbus Business First, Platts, Crain’s Chicago Business)

NATURAL GAS: Alliant Energy proposes a new natural gas power plant in Wisconsin. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

NUCLEAR: A Michigan reactor has been offline for nearly a week because of stormy conditions on Lake Michigan. (MLive)

TRANSMISSION: A developer seeks permission from Iowa officials to build a 500-mile transmission line to export wind energy. (Sioux City Journal)

OHIO: The Ohio Future Energy Tour will discuss energy innovation in the state, with the first stop in Cleveland. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

COMMENTARY: A Wisconsin utility investor group says the solar industry is engaged in an “insidious” campaign to “keep profiting from freeloading on the electric system.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Ken Paulman

Ken Paulman

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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