SOLAR: Legislation in Minnesota would block state utility regulators from overseeing fixed fees for distributed generation customers of cooperatives and municipally owned utilities. (Midwest Energy News)

OHIO: A variety of groups, including from the oil and gas industry, push back against attempts backed by utilities to re-regulate the state’s electric generation market. (Midwest Energy News)

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REGULATION:
• Minnesota Republicans “have introduced a half-dozen bills that would change the power and makeup of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.” Says one clean energy advocate: “They’re trying to do everything they can to send us back to the Dark Ages.” (MinnPost, Mankato Free Press)
• Democratic U.S. senators boycott a committee vote on the nomination of Scott Pruitt to be EPA administrator. (Greenwire)

CLEAN ENERGY: A new report shows Minnesota as a clean energy leader as state lawmakers debate legislation that advocates say could hinder the industry. (Midwest Energy News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Indiana lawmakers say they are reworking a bill that would prohibit Tesla from selling vehicles directly to customers and bypassing car dealerships. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS:
• Clean energy and consumer advocates are skeptical of a plan by Xcel Energy to build a major natural gas plant in Minnesota to replace coal-burning units. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Wisconsin-based WEC Energy Group acquires a natural gas storage site in Michigan for $230 million. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

WIND: A North Dakota lawmaker proposes a tax on wind generation to “help level the playing field for coal.” (Minot Daily News)

GRID:
• Ohio-based AEP wins approval to install nearly one million smart meters across its service territory. (Columbus Dispatch)
• The utility also launches an interactive map for customers to track outages. (Columbus Business First)

PIPELINES: The Army Corps of Engineers’ review of the Dakota Access pipeline “could be the beginning of the end” for opponents. (Associated Press)

POLICY: Ohio’s Senate president says he wants an energy policy that brings certainty for businesses and a consistent philosophy on renewable energy mandates. (Columbus Business First)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: The owners of a waste-to-energy facility in Nebraska will stop paying the hotel bills next week of residents displaced by the plant’s odor as it works to return them home. (Sioux City Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• Forbes calls a Minnesota bill to allow Xcel Energy to sidestep regulators and build a major natural gas plant “the deal of the century.”
• An Ohio congressman says coal jobs in the state must be protected. (Marietta Times)

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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