EFFICIENCY:
• A bill moving through the Wisconsin legislature would reduce the amount of funding available for a successful energy efficiency program, which critics say will harm ratepayers in the long run. (Midwest Energy News)
Some advocates say a Missouri utility’s new energy efficiency program could be stronger. (Midwest Energy News)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Minnesota Republicans want the state to stop planning a compliance strategy for the federal rules. (Midwest Energy News)
• The Supreme Court’s stay on the rules leaves an uncertain future for clean-energy investment. (Utility Dive)

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RENEWABLES:
• Minnesota got 21 percent of its electricity from renewable sources in 2015, up from 6 percent a decade ago. (Minnesota Public Radio)
A proposed constitutional amendment in Ohio surfaces for a fifth time that calls on the state to issue $13 billion in bonds over 10 years to invest in wind, solar, geothermal and other energy projects. (Columbus Dispatch)

EMISSIONS: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts blocks an attempt — led by Michigan’s attorney general — to halt the Obama Administration’s new rules on mercury emissions. (New York Times)

SOLAR: Xcel Energy wants Minnesota regulators to move quickly on the utility’s proposed solar-plus-storage project, though some stakeholders are concerned about the utility wanting to own and operate it itself. (Utility Dive)

CLEAN AIR ACT: A judge allows the federal government’s lawsuit against a St. Louis utility over alleged Clean Air Act violations to go to trial. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators say the operator of a Michigan nuclear power plant did not properly report a 2013 leak at the site. (MLive)

AUBREY McCLENDON:
• The late oil and gas CEO faced increasing pressure from federal bid-rigging charges and the plunge in commodity prices, but he still made deals until the end. (New York Times)
Federal authorities seek to drop the indictment following McClendon’s death in a one-car crash. Meanwhile, an Oklahoma landowner filed a class-action lawsuit against McClendon’s former company. (Associated Press)
One industry veteran called McClendon the Steve Jobs of oil and gas development. (Columbus Business First)

TRANSMISSION: American Transmission Co. proposes a new transmission line between Wisconsin and Illinois to improve the flow of power between the two states. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COAL: Ohio coal miners look for employment elsewhere as the industry continues to decline. (International Business Times)

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SUPREME COURT: A potential nominee to fill the vacant seat has sided against the Obama Administration on past energy and environmental cases. (Greenwire)

COMMENTARY:
• Minnesota has been a leader in clean energy development, but there is still more work to be done. (Midwest Energy News)
It’s “puzzling” that an Indiana utility wants to spend $6 billion to retrofit an aging coal plant. (Muncie Star Press)

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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