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TRANSMISSION:
•  A Michigan-based company is moving forward with a transmission project connecting Pennsylvania and Ontario with a 73-mile line along the floor of Lake Erie. (Midwest Energy News)
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Missouri regulators reject the proposed $2.2 billion Grain Belt Express, which sought to move wind energy from Kansas to Indiana. (Associated Press)

OHIO: Gov. Kasich vetoes a plan by the legislature to give power-plant owners a $72 million property-tax break, saying it needs further study. (Columbus Dispatch)

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COAL:
•  With the exception of Japan, coal plants are being retired at a steady rate in major countries around the world. (Forbes)
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While a large Montana coal plant is profitable for now, analysts warn that retiring it may be more economical than installing pollution controls. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Madison, Wisconsin moves closer to establishing a solar loan program for residents. (Capital Times)

PETCOKE: KCBX closed one of its two remaining petcoke storage facilities outside of Chicago on Tuesday. (CBS Chicago)

EPA: Factoring in health co-benefits as part of the economic equation for new air-pollution rules draws added scrutiny. (Greenwire)

OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma officials are hopeful that they’ve found a solution to problems with drought and earthquakes by treating produced water from oil and gas wells. (EnergyWire)

EFFICIENCY:
•  The media fallout from a residential energy-efficiency study last week misses the point, researchers say. (UtilityDive)
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Meanwhile, analysts report that energy efficiency saved the U.S. $800 billion last year and, over the past 35 years, slashed the country’s energy intensity in half. (UtilityDive)

CLIMATE: Observers are hopeful that the wave of emission-reduction commitments from around the world this week will lead to a substantial agreement in Paris. (ClimateWire)

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UTILITY: As part of an agreement with state and federal regulators, the largest utility in Kansas would agree to refund ratepayers $10 million and decrease future rates slightly. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
•  A comprehensive energy plan for Michigan introduced Wednesday by Senate Republicans is a “disappointing reversal of clean energy policies.” (NRDC Switchboard)
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An ongoing effort to keep Minnesotans engaged on global climate negotiations. (MinnPost)
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Instead of focusing on oil exports for energy security, Michigan lawmakers should be propping up the state’s biofuels industry. (MLive)

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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