SOLAR: One of Nebraska’s largest utilities is developing a vision for what its first community solar project might look like as a result of customer demand. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• Once confined to the U.S. Southwest, large-scale solar development is spreading across the country, including northern states like Minnesota and Wisconsin. (Yale Environment 360)
• A utility industry representative in Indiana says net metering doesn’t threaten utility profits now, but it could in the future. (Associated Press)
• The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association launches a new initiative to promote solar power. (Triple Pundit)

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WIND:
• A 2014 Ohio bill that increased property line setbacks for wind turbines has also cost schools hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue. (Nexus Media)
• Wind development in some rural areas of Michigan is helping expand the tax base there, but it’s unclear the effect that such development is having on property values. (Bridge Magazine)
• More Missouri cities are lining up for deals to get electricity from the proposed Grain Belt Express transmission project. (Missouri Times)

COAL:
• Workers at the embattled W.H. Sammis coal plant in Ohio hope President Trump will help them keep their jobs. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• Consumers Energy says it has selected a buyer from North Carolina to purchase and then demolish one of the utility’s coal plants in West Michigan. (MLive)

GRID: Construction is set to begin next month on a controversial, 180-mile high-voltage transmission line through Wisconsin. (LaCrosse Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: Ohio and Kentucky are trying to roll back energy efficiency programs at the same time coal advocates look to make gains in those states. (Bloomberg)

OIL AND GAS:
• Local officials in Ohio express concern to a state agency about plans for two wastewater injection wells they say risk groundwater contamination. (Warren Tribune Chronicle)
• Pipeline company Enbridge says it is cutting about 1,000 employees, or 6 percent of its workforce, to eliminate duplication following a merger with Spectra Energy in February. (Houston Business Journal)

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CLIMATE: Wisconsin communities are making strides in developing more clean energy to reduce emissions. (WisCONTEXT)

COMMENTARY: An Indiana editorial board says given the relatively few customers who generate their own solar power, there is no great urgency to change the state’s net metering law. (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel)

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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