RENEWABLES:
• Developers in Iowa are rushing to complete large renewable energy projects by the end of the year before a key state tax credit expires. (Midwest Energy News)
• Northern Michigan farmers are increasingly relying on solar, geothermal and wind energy to power their operations. (Petoskey News-Review)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A national trade group raises concerns about AEP’s plan to develop electric vehicle charging stations in Ohio, saying the utility would be able to control the market. (Columbus Business First)

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OIL AND GAS:
• Ohio Republicans add a provision to a state budget bill that strips the governor’s ability to control oil and gas drilling on state land. (Reuters)
• An Ohio city is planning a lawsuit to stop the Nexus gas pipeline from being built there. (Associated Press)
• A group identifies land in the North Dakota Badlands to serve as a test site for better oil and gas drilling practices as a way to protect the land. (Bismarck Tribune)

RESEARCH: Minnesota Republicans move to cut state grant funding for climate education and solar energy. (City Pages)

SOLAR: A state grant will explore the potential for community solar in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. (UPMatters.com)

ADVOCACY: About a dozen environmental and public health groups file a lawsuit against the EPA to stop it from overturning regulations that limit water pollution from coal-fired power plants. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
Hundreds of residents show up to a Nebraska Public Service Commission hearing to voice their opinion on the Keystone XL pipeline, as the state becomes a battleground over the project. (Lincoln Journal Star, Guardian)
• Another act of vandalism has taken place against the Dakota Access pipeline in Iowa, though no major damage was caused. (Radio Iowa)

BIOMASS:
• A Missouri farmer has success with growing miscanthus as a biomass crop on marginal land. (Moberly Monitor-Index)
• 
Congress’s spending agreement directs several federal agencies to start defining wood energy as climate friendly, despite the fuel sometimes rivaling coal in its climate impacts. (Climate Central)

COMMENTARY:
• The Michigan League of Conservation Voters says the state’s new energy laws will lead to “continued development of clean energy, lower electric bills, and less air pollution.” (Bridge Magazine)
• The general manager of a Michigan-based electric cooperative says there needs to be continued investment in the state’s grid infrastructure. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
• An Indiana editorial board says a new law that will phase out net metering is a major giveaway to utility companies. (Logansport Pharos-Tribune)

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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