RENEWABLES: A new report lists Iowa, Illinois and Ohio as leaders in removing barriers to corporate access to renewable energy. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• Minnesota’s solar capacity skyrocketed last year, jumping from 35 megawatts in 2015 to 250 megawatts in 2016. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Some business owners in South Dakota believe the state’s market for rooftop solar is beginning to change. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
• A 7-megawatt solar project begins operating at the site of a former steel manufacturing site in central Indiana. (Kokomo Perspective)
• A Minnesota university continues to expand a solar project first built in 2009. (St. Cloud Times)

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OIL AND GAS:
• A Native American tribe whose land accounts for about one-fifth of North Dakota’s oil production threatens to pull out of a revenue-sharing agreement with the state as lawmakers attempt to cut taxes for the industry. (Associated Press)
• A company building a 940-megawatt natural gas plant in northeast Ohio will announce plans for a nearly identical second plant nearby. (Youngstown Vindicator)

WIND:
• A mid-Michigan county enacts a one-year moratorium on new wind projects, stalling a planned 60-turbine project. (MLive)
• The Sierra Club says tapping into Kansas’ wind energy potential could help ease statewide revenue woes. (Lawrence Journal-World)

PIPELINES:
• While it is the target of divestment protests, U.S. Bank’s financial ties to the Dakota Access pipeline are “fuzzy.” (Minnesota Public Radio)
• The cost of policing Dakota Access pipeline protests has exceeded $22 million. (Associated Press)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Wisconsin could spend up to $20 million in subsidies for systems that harness energy from animal waste. (Wisconsin State Farmer)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Touring the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Vice President Joe Biden says a majority of vehicles are going to be electric “in the next 10 to 15 years.” (MLive)

COAL:
• Six people are injured following an explosion at a southern Ohio coal plant. (Associated Press)
• Most analysts believe the major front in the “war on coal” lies within the market itself. (Business Insider)

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HYDRO: Ameren Missouri announces plans to invest $52 million to upgrade a hydroelectric facility in the state. (St. Louis Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: Recent legislative action in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio show that clean energy has support in the Heartland. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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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