PIPELINES: A Michigan State University researcher says developers’ and the U.S. government’s approach to oil pipelines is an ongoing form of colonialism over Native Americans. (Midwest Energy News)

GRID: Minnesota is ranked as one of the top states nationally in pushing for grid modernization reforms. (Utility Dive)

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WIND:
• North Dakota House lawmakers reject plans for a long-term, statewide energy study, which was based on an effort to measure wind’s impact on coal. (Associated Press)
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Meanwhile, North Dakota legislators call on U.S. Sen. John Hoeven to repeal federal subsidies for wind energy they say are negatively affecting coal. (Forum News Service)
• Industry and elected officials say Kansas’s wind sector is poised for more growth. (Wichita Eagle)

SOLAR:
• Cook County, Illinois is developing a cooperatively owned solar program at 15 pilot sites around the county. (Chicago Tribune)
• While industry jobs are on the rise, advocates continue pushing for more favorable solar policies in Missouri. (KRCU)

EFFICIENCY: Illinois joins a coalition of 10 states intending to sue the Trump administration over what they say is the illegal suspension of rules to improve the energy efficiency of various products. (Reuters)

COAL:
• Peabody Energy, the nation’s largest coal producer, emerges from bankruptcy after reducing costs and slashing its debt load by more than $5 billion. (Associated Press)
• The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that coal production ticked upwards in the second half of 2016, though a long-term slide is still predicted. (Utility Dive)
• U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio is increasingly hopeful that a permanent health care plan for retired coal miners and their widows can be approved before the end of the month. (The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register)
• The Illinois EPA approves a permit for Arch Coal to expand a mine in central Illinois. (WAND-TV)

OIL AND GAS: President Trump’s efforts to revive the coal industry are unlikely the stop the construction boom of natural gas plants in Ohio. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: Investigators determine that more than 300,000 gallons of ethanol were released during a March 10 derailment in Iowa, though the cause of the fiery incident is not yet known. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Ameren Illinois plans to spend $9 million upgrading its East St. Louis operating center. (St. Louis Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: A Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist says Minnesota’s past leadership on clean energy has positioned the state as a leader even as the Trump administration moves to promote fossil fuels.

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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