OIL AND GAS: A new study explores the risk of potential leaks from natural gas storage wells in Ohio following last year’s Aliso Canyon incident in California. (Midwest Energy News)

• An Ohio budget provision would allow park districts across the state to be included in oil and gas drilling sites, potentially against their will. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• The head of a major brewery in Michigan is one of several people who recount in a new video the 2010 pipeline spill near Kalamazoo. (MLive)
• An Upper Peninsula utility is proposing a $275 million plan for two gas-powered generators to replace an aging coal plant there. (UPMatters.com)

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COAL: A proposed bill in Ohio would provide a “perpetual subsidy” for two coal plants, guaranteeing income from customers when the market price of electricity is less than the cost to operate the plants. (Columbus Dispatch)

RENEWABLES: South Dakota utility regulators suggest setting separate generation credit rates utilities pay to small power generators for wind and solar. (Watertown Public Opinion)

SOLAR: The policy debate nationwide over incentives and costs for distributed generation owners is growing more complicated and nuanced based on utility proposals. (Utility Dive)

• The Trump administration’s budget proposal would cut the Interior Department’s funding by 12 percent while shifting the agency’s focus to drilling for fossil fuels on public land. (Washington Post)
• The plan also calls for a $3.1 billion, or 18 percent, reduction for federal energy innovation research programs; a 69 percent cut to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; and deep cuts for climate change initiatives. (New York Times, Washington Post, Climate Central)

NUCLEAR: The U.S. Department of Energy is abandoning plans to test sites in South Dakota for storing nuclear waste, citing changes in budget priorities. (Associated Press)

RATES: Based on PJM’s latest capacity auction, ratepayers in northern Illinois are set to see increasing electricity prices for several years to come. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

UTILITIES: Kansas regulators again reject a proposal to merge Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy, though utility officials say they’re exploring other options. (Lawrence Journal-World)

EMISSIONS: The U.S. government files a civil lawsuit accusing Fiat Chrysler of illegally using software to bypass emission controls in 104,000 diesel vehicles sold since 2014. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY: A Wisconsin advocate offers 12 ways to determine whether a new climate change council in Dane County will be effective at mitigating climate impacts. (Madison Capital Times)

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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