SOLAR: While having similarities to plans proposed in a few other states, a bill to end net metering in Indiana would give rooftop solar customers “the worst deal in the country,” advocates say. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• NextEra Energy announces plans for a 100-megawatt solar project adjacent to a nuclear plant it owns in Wisconsin, making it by far the largest solar project in the state. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• Proposed legislation in Nebraska would tap a funding source that includes lottery revenue for community solar grants. (Midwest Energy News)
• Cook County in Illinois is more than halfway through a multi-year project to expand community solar opportunities. (WTTW)
• A Michigan state representative from the Upper Peninsula tells local students how solar generation will be key to keeping the region’s energy costs down. (WLUC)

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UTILITIES:
• A settlement reached in a case with Dayton Power & Light in Ohio includes closing two coal plants and adding more renewable generation. (Dayton Daily News)
• Ohio-based AEP closes on the sale of three natural gas plants and one coal plant, leaving it with just four plants left in Ohio. (Columbus Business First)
• Despite strong opposition, attorneys make the case for the proposed $12.2 billion merger of Missouri-based Great Plains Energy and Kansas-based Westar Energy. (Associated Press)

CYBERSECURITY: The Iowa Utilities Board plans to seek a public records exemption from the legislature in order to more freely communicate with utilities about cybersecurity. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

WIND:
• Local officials in Michigan’s Thumb region review conflict-of-interest policies involving voting on wind projects if they have turbines on their property. (Huron Daily Tribune)
• With a few months left before Missouri regulators decide on the Grain Belt Express wind energy transmission project, the gap between supporters and opponents continues to widen. (Linn County Leader)

PIPELINES:
• Authorities and Dakota Access protest camp organizers cooperate as cleanup of waste, abandoned cars and structures begins. (Reuters)
• Spawned by the Dakota Access pipeline protests, some North Dakota lawmakers want to double the penalties for participating in large “riots.” (Associated Press)

GRID: Grid operator MISO’s plan to simplify treatment of behind-the-meter generation has “created more questions than it has answered.” (RTO Insider)

OIL AND GAS:
• A newly created utility officially files plans with the state of Michigan to build two new natural gas plants in the Upper Peninsula. (WLUK)
• Ohio Gov. John Kasich proposes a two-year budget that would raise taxes on oil and gas production. (Toledo Blade)

EFFICIENCY: A Wisconsin-based company develops a wireless thermostat that’s meant to better control energy usage. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

CLIMATE:
• The head of President Trump’s EPA transition team says the U.S. will change course on climate policy and pull out of the Paris climate deal. (Reuters)
• Researchers at national energy laboratories are concerned about what the Trump administration will mean for their climate work. (ClimateWire)

OIL BY RAIL: The National Transportation Safety Board is set to release the cause of a 2013 oil train derailment in North Dakota. (KFGO)

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.

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