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

•  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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•  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) 


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Andy Balaskovitz

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.

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