SOLAR: As the state phases out net metering, Vectren is the first Indiana utility to file a request to compensate customers less for excess solar power they send to the grid. (Evansville Courier & Press)

EFFICIENCY: Virtual home energy inspections are increasing in Minnesota after the pandemic suspended in-person visits in March. (Energy News Network)

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WIND:
• Illinois and Indiana saw significant increases in wind power last year despite pockets of vocal opposition and, in the case of Indiana, a lack of robust incentives. (Energy News Network)
• The CEO of American Electric Power expects final state regulatory decisions this month on the company’s 1,500 MW wind project in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES: Michigan regulators tell Enbridge to consider more alternatives and environmental impacts in response to the company’s application to build a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (Bridge Magazine)

GRID: Michigan’s Lower Peninsula needs more renewable energy to replace anticipated coal and nuclear plant retirements based on the results of last month’s MISO capacity auction, experts say. (MiBiz)

COAL:
• The developer being sued over its role in the demolition of a former coal plant in Chicago is fined for allowing runoff into a nearby waterway. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• Large coal plants in Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Illinois are among the top 10 U.S. plants for carbon dioxide emissions. (E&E News, subscription)
• A public hearing is scheduled next week on a proposal to lease 320 acres of federally owned land in North Dakota for coal mining. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Officials begin the early phases of moving coal ash and other materials from a former power plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. (Marquette Mining Journal)

UTILITIES: Michigan regulators approve a $188 million rate increase for DTE Energy while raising concerns about the company’s coal and grid reliability plans. (Michigan Radio)

POLICY: A Michigan advanced energy group outlines a series of legislative, administrative and regulatory policy changes that could help the state’s industry recover from the pandemic. (MiBiz)

OIL & GAS: Oil production declines in rural Illinois due to low prices and decreased demand from the pandemic. (Southern Illinoisan)

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BIOFUELS: An oil refiner at the center of a dispute over federal ethanol blending requirements wants the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve ongoing issues over waivers. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
An official with the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association says “blaming farmers, the renewable fuel standard, and the ethanol industry for refinery economic woes is disingenuous.” (Toledo Blade)
• Legislation to block the Grain Belt Express transmission project is “bad public policy and worse for the progress of Missouri’s economy,” says the head of a renewable energy group. (Columbia Missourian)

Andy Balaskovitz

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.