WIND: North Dakota regulators unanimously approve a $250 million, 150-megawatt wind project after stiff opposition from nearby residents. (Forum News Service)

• A Nebraska utility votes to close an uneconomic nuclear plant to save money over the next 20 years, while decommissioning costs are estimated at $1.2 billion. (Omaha World-Herald)
• Federal regulators will host a public forum next week on last year’s performance of a nuclear plant in Ohio. (Toledo Blade)

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OIL AND GAS: Natural gas flaring in North Dakota has “fallen sharply” since 2014 even as the state’s natural gas production has continued to grow. (

• An Illinois appeals court says ComEd is not required to offer net metering to community solar projects. (Cook County Record)
• Minnesota officials unveil a new solar project that will help offset the energy consumption at a local ice rink. (WCCO-TV)

EFFICIENCY: A conference next week in Minnesota will attract attendees from around the world to discuss the benefits of district energy systems. (Midwest Energy News)

• A federal energy regulator foresees ongoing tension between states and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over deregulated markets like Illinois and Ohio and keeping open uneconomic power plants there. (EnergyWire)
• The search to fill a vacant seat on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has been narrowed to four finalists, including a former gas utility executive and a Republican lawmaker. (Columbus Business First)
• While Exelon’s regulated business has had a good year after acquiring other utilities, its competitive generation business that includes Illinois nuclear plants has struggled. (Utility Dive)

• U.S. Senate Democrats introduce a bill that would increase requirements on coal companies to show they can pay for mine cleanup. (The Hill)
• Officials say a truck that turned over and spilled coal in Indiana did not harm a nearby creek. (Indiana Gazette)

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RATES: Two Minnesota agencies say a proposed rate hike by Xcel Energy — 9.8 percent over three years — is “excessive and should be significantly reduced.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

• The closing of coal plants outside of Detroit is a “victory for clean air and environmental justice.” (Huffington Post)
• A clean energy transition “offers the chance for a second industrial revolution.” (Door County Pulse)

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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