EMISSIONS: Minnesota utility regulators vote 3-2 to significantly increase the social cost of carbon emissions from power plants — a figure used in planning decisions — to $9.05 to $43.06 per short ton by 2020. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

• Minnesota’s largest retail electric cooperative is in negotiations to build a 20-megawatt capacity storage project, which would be the largest in the state. (Midwest Energy News)
• Stakeholders say grid operator MISO should begin considering the value of energy storage so those resources can participate in wholesale markets. (RTO Insider)

• Ohio lawmakers expect to revisit the contentious topic of wind turbine setbacks in the legislature this fall. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• Ohio-based AEP needs approval from four state regulatory agencies to move forward with a 2,000-megawatt wind project in Oklahoma, which it hopes to receive by early 2018. (Columbus Business First)

• Minneapolis is one of several major cities to post climate change information online that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has removed from its website. (WCCO)
• Two highly populated counties in Wisconsin and Illinois collaborate on plans to continue reducing carbon emissions. (Badger-Herald)

UTILITIES: “Growth-starved utilities” are shifting away from power purchase agreements for wind and solar projects and are increasingly looking to own projects outright. (Bloomberg)

• Xcel Energy has canceled a contract with a developer after community solar projects in Wisconsin have been slow to take off. (LaCrosse Tribune)
• Iowa lawmakers tour a solar installation to educate themselves about the energy resource in their state. (Sioux City Journal)

• The number of spills and other incidents at oil and gas sites fell 17 percent last year, in line with decreased drilling. (E&E News)
• Pipeline workers, who feel their work is misunderstood, say they are speaking up in favor of projects more as opposition grows. (NPR)

NUCLEAR: The decommissioning process of a southwest Michigan nuclear plant could take up to 60 years, according to federal regulators. (MLive)

COMMENTARY: A Forbes columnist says the “great leveling-off has begun” for U.S. shale drilling.

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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