SOLAR: Amid an inquiry by state officials, an Iowa co-op withdraws plans for an additional $57.50 monthly fee on its customers who self-generate power with solar. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• Solar companies criticize Xcel Energy for a slow rollout of Minnesota’s community solar program. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Leading solar installer SolarCity produces a study to help utilities and system operators better integrate distributed generation. (Utility Dive)
Michigan homeowners are upset over a proposal to eliminate net metering. (Michigan Radio)
• An Iowa co-op plans a 30-acre solar project in Des Moines. (KCCI-TV)

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PETCOKE: Activists on Chicago’s Southeast Side team up with hackers to develop a text-message alert system notifying residents when strong winds create conditions for petcoke to spread through the air. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL AND GAS: Ohio continues record-setting shale production despite warnings that falling oil prices will cause the industry to decline. (Columbus Dispatch)

WIND:
• MidAmerican Energy announces two new projects in Iowa, totaling 552 MW. (The Gazette)
Ohio regulators approve a 60 MW, $120 million project, but uncertainties over financing remain. (Columbus Business First)

OIL: As low prices will likely hold steady through the year, shale companies may finally start breaking under the pressure. (EnergyWire)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: A Minnesota co-op voices support for the Ratepayer Protection Act, a federal policy designed to stall enforcement of the Clean Power Plan. (International Falls Journal)

EMISSIONS: A Missouri utility disputes state regulators’ findings that sulfur dioxide emissions are high around its largest power plant. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

MINNESOTA: Gov. Mark Dayton takes shots at North Dakota when asked about ongoing litigation over coal-generation imports. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COAL:
• A Canadian utility operator will buy a Cleveland power company and demolish a downtown coal-fired steam plant as it helps transition from coal to natural gas. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Wisconsin requires We Energies to install control measures at a coal-ash pile it plans to expand. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
FirstEnergy seeking revenue guarantees for struggling coal and nuclear plants shows a utility not adapting to industry changes. (Bloomberg Business)

NUCLEAR: Workers who are decommissioning and cleaning up a former uranium enrichment plant in southern Ohio are again hit with layoff notices. (Associated Press)

RFS: Presidential hopeful and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is quizzed by Iowa residents at a campaign stop over why he supports phasing out the Renewable Fuel Standard. (Radio Iowa)

EFFICIENCY: Saginaw, Michigan plans to borrow money to replace all 6,000 of its streetlights with LEDs. (MLive)

BILLING: The city of Cincinnati accumulates $130,000 in late fees for not paying its Duke Energy bills on time. (WLWT-TV)

COMMENTARY: Michigan Senate Republicans’ energy proposal is a step towards controlling its own future. (Lansing State Journal)

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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