SOLAR: The Kansas Supreme Court rules that state regulators engaged in illegal price discrimination by allowing utilities to collect higher fees from customers with rooftop solar. (Topeka Capital Journal)

• Utility franchise agreements in northern Illinois give municipalities free energy at some buildings but cost ratepayers millions and remove cities’ incentives for clean energy investments. (Energy News Network)
• Nearly half of Minnesota’s power came from zero-carbon sources in 2019 as coal consumption continues to decline, according to a new report. (Star Tribune)

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• A Michigan Court of Appeals ruling may pave the way for a November ballot proposal on a statewide hydraulic fracturing ban. (Associated Press)
• U.S. oil-by-rail volumes have declined 11% from a year ago as new pipelines and price declines offer cheaper alternatives. (DeSmog)

COAL: Murray Energy tells state officials it may lay off 508 workers in eastern Ohio as it tries to sell assets as part of its bankruptcy case. (Columbus Dispatch)

• The Canadian oil crisis opens the door for a last-ditch effort by Line 3 opponents to persuade Minnesota regulators to rethink its approval of the project. (Star Tribune)
• Developers of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines push their plans forward while still facing uncertainty about the projects’ futures. (DeSmog)

BIOFUELS: A Michigan ethanol plant considers supplying alcohol for sanitizer under new FDA guidelines, but bigger challenges loom for the industry as fuel consumption drops. (MiBiz)

UTILITIES: Indiana utilities do not anticipate environmental compliance issues as state officials consider relaxing enforcement during the coronavirus pandemic. (Indianapolis Star)

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EFFICIENCY: Four Michigan cities rank in the top 10 nationally for the most energy efficiency-certified buildings among small cities. (MiBiz)

COMMENTARY: Regulators in oil-producing states, including North Dakota, can limit production within their borders, which could be part of the U.S. response to a global oil supply deal, an analyst says. (Forbes)

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.