FRACKING: Despite a compromise this week, Ohio lawmakers remain divided over legislation that is friendly towards the fracking industry. (Midwest Energy News)

MICHIGAN
•  Gov. Rick Snyder creates a new state agency to focus on energy issues. (Associated Press)
•  State regulators and a U.P. mining company ask a federal court to review a FERC decision over cost allocations to keep a coal plant open. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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BILLING: Ohio regulators allow AEP to disconnect some ratepayers remotely instead of requiring an in-home visit. (Columbus Dispatch)

BIOFUELS: Minnesota legislation would provide incentives for advanced biofuels. (Ethanol Producers Magazine)

COAL: Local officials in Missouri want to revisit a 40-year contract with a coal-burning power plant. (KOMU-TV)

TRANSMISSION: Investments in new transmission to bring renewable energy to more people under the Clean Power Plan could reach $2.5 billion in five years. (ClimateWire) 

KEYSTONE XL: Environmental activists want Hillary Clinton’s emails related to the pipeline project. (The Hill)

EPA: Federal lawmakers seek to prohibit regulators from using ‘secret science’ with legislation that would apply more scrutiny to research behind regulations. (The Hill)

EMISSIONS: President Obama will issue an executive order today for federal agencies to slash greenhouse gas emissions. (New York Times)

NATURAL GAS: We Energies promises to ‘clean house’ if state regulators allow its takeover of Peoples Gas. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

SUBSIDIES: A new report shows energy companies and financial firms have received the majority of federal assistance since 2000. (McClatchy) 

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OIL
•  Falling prices continue to negatively impact North Dakota’s budget projections. (Minneapolis StarTribune)
•  Nearly 12,000 gallons of saltwater have spilled at a North Dakota disposal well. (Associated Press) 

COMMENTARY: Turning to the marketplace is a ‘solid way’ to increase renewables and decrease Michigan’s dependence on coal. (Detroit News) 

 

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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