RENEWABLES:
• Later this year the nation’s first “integrated” wind and solar hybrid project will begin producing power outside a small city in northwest Minnesota. (Midwest Energy News)
• A group of young climate-change activists urges Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to strengthen the state’s renewable energy standard. (Minnesota Public Radio)

NUCLEAR: While FirstEnergy cites concern about carbon emissions in its bid for zero-emissions credits for its Ohio nuclear reactors, environmental and consumer advocates say it’s just the latest chapter in the utility’s search for a “bailout” for uncompetitive plants. (Midwest Energy News)

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PIPELINES:
• North Dakota stands to gain $110 million annually in tax revenue if the Dakota Access pipeline is completed. (Associated Press)
• The Michigan Court of Appeals dismisses $4,300 in restitution for a man who held an oil pipeline sit-in in 2013. (Associated Press)
• A Norway-based private investor divests $34.8 million from firms tied to the Dakota Access pipeline. (The Guardian)

WIND: Officials in a South Dakota county are deadlocked over more stringent regulations for siting wind turbines. (Watertown Public Opinion)

OIL AND GAS:
• Southeast Michigan residents fear giving up their land through eminent domain and the potential negative impacts of the proposed Nexus gas pipeline. (Detroit Metro Times)
• A companion story details the plight of Northeast Ohio residents protecting their properties from pipeline development. (Cleveland Scene)
• Parts of Kansas and Oklahoma are likely to see damaging earthquakes in 2017 as a result of oil and gas activity, the U.S. Geological Survey says. (Reuters)

COAL: Once again, nearly 23,000 retired coal miners are notified that they may lose their health care and pension benefits by April 30 if Congress does not act. (The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register)

SOLAR: U.S. solar developers have proposed investing $35.5 billion for 14 gigawatts of new solar projects over the next four years. (SNL / Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

POLICY:
• Republicans on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee look to introduce legislation this session to overhaul the Renewable Fuel Standard and make pipeline permitting easier. (The Hill)
• Federal funding for emerging energy research through the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy may be on the chopping block. (Utility Dive)

GRID: Michigan-based Consumers Energy receives regulatory approval to spend tens of millions of dollars on grid upgrades. (MLive)

REGULATION: The chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio wants the agency to focus more on power distribution rather than generation. (Columbus Business First)

COMMENTARY: A California researcher says the U.S. should adopt the Clean Power Plan and a Republican-backed carbon tax as a “home run strategy for American job creation and industrial leadership.” (Scientific American)

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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