RENEWABLES:
• Advocates say a new study from an Ohio conservative group calling for repeal of the state’s clean energy standards relies on outdated assumptions. (Midwest Energy News)
• St. Cloud, Minnesota is a leader in the state for using renewable energy to cut utility bills and meet sustainability goals. (Minnesota Public Radio)

PIPELINES: Native Americans and their allies hold rallies in Washington D.C. to protest the Trump administration’s increased focus on pipeline development. (Associated Press)

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BIOFUELS: An ethanol-fueled fire in Iowa at the site of rural train derailment is still burning nearly 36 hours after it erupted. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: Volkswagen pleads guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice and agrees to pay a $4.3 billion penalty for programming vehicles to cheat U.S. emissions tests. (Associated Press)

COAL: Four Peabody Energy investors file a lawsuit alleging they have been treated unfairly by the company and other parties under a bankruptcy reorganization plan. (Reuters)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: States across the country are taking steps to eliminate incentives for buying electric vehicles, concerning some about the potential for stifling the market. (New York Times)

ADVOCACY: A longtime energy reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is leaving the paper to head a utility consumer advocacy group. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

POLITICS:
• An Illinois congressman is among a growing number of Republicans on the House Climate Solutions Caucus. (E&E News)
• A recently removed Department of Energy appointee was a Trump supporter and massage therapist with no apparent background in energy. (Greentech Media)
• Budget experts say the Trump administration’s spending cuts could hit the Energy Department hard. (E&E News)

SOLAR: Some Wisconsin students spend their spring break installing a solar project in Colorado. (KKCO)

COMMENTARY:
• The Bismarck Tribune says there is “room in North Dakota for both coal and wind power.”
• The Toledo Blade says Ohio lawmakers should reject a plan to give FirstEnergy zero-emissions credits for its nuclear plants should legislation surface.
• A solar business owner says a recent ruling by Iowa regulators on net metering in a utility’s service territory will “strangle Iowa’s solar industry and hurt Iowa’s families and businesses.” (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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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