SOLAR: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signs a bill that phases out the state’s net metering program, sparking concern among the solar industry and advocates. (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, PV Magazine)

WIND:
• Voters in Michigan’s “Thumb” region reject plans for more utility-scale wind development, causing uncertainty over future projects there. (Huron Daily Tribune)
• The U.S. wind industry reported the largest number of first-quarter installations in eight years. (Reuters)

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TRANSPORTATION:
• School districts in Michigan are hoping settlement money directed to the state from the Volkswagen emissions scandal can help the transition to electric buses. (Midwest Energy News)
• Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin may propose a new sales tax on gasoline to help fund road repairs. (Associated Press)
• Minnesota’s most populous county is transitioning its fleet of diesel-powered garbage trucks to run on compressed natural gas. (WCCO)

OIL AND GAS:
• Conservation groups sue a federal agency in an attempt to stop plans for hydraulic fracturing in Ohio’s only national forest. (Reuters)
• An Ohio coal town is hoping for a surge in natural-gas jobs. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• Critics say Minnesota Republicans are attempting to do an end-run around the state’s environmental review process for oil and gas pipelines. (Think Progress)

NUCLEAR: Southwest Michigan communities brace for the economic impacts of closing a nuclear plant there. (Marketplace)

RENEWABLES: Advocates say other communities are looking to follow the lead of Michigan cities that are committing to 100 percent renewable energy. (Yale Climate Connections)

BIOMASS: Xcel Energy agrees to help limit the economic impacts of closing a biomass plant in a western Minnesota town. (Minnesota Public Radio)

COAL: New data shows that the wage gap between the coal industry’s top executives and average coal workers has expanded. (New York Times)

UTILITIES: Michigan-based Consumers Energy reports a 20 percent increase in net income over the same period last year. (MLive)

COMMENTARY: Michigan advocates can “celebrate progress” on air pollution issues based on energy legislation signed into law last year. (Detroit News)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy has been a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News since 2014, following four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. He covers the state of Michigan and also compiles the Midwest Energy News daily email digest. Andy is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, where he focused on topics covered by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and wrote for the Great Lakes Echo. He was the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Edward Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Environmental Journalism at Michigan State.

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