SOLAR: A clean energy financing program in Michigan reaches 1 megawatt of solar development and aims for $1 billion in clean energy projects over the next five to seven years. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• A Minnesota city considers subscribing to a community solar project. (ABC Newspapers)
• A Catholic school in Milwaukee plans a 1,000-panel solar installation. (Milwaukee BizTimes)
• An Illinois agency begins seeking proposals for large-scale solar projects. (PV Magazine)

WIND:
• As wind energy expands in Iowa, the Center of Rural Affairs says developers should prioritize working with local communities. (Radio Iowa)
• A University of Wisconsin professor is biking across the Midwest to raise awareness about wind energy. (WEAU)

PIPELINES:
• The Dakota Access pipeline developer is “entangled in another fight” as it builds a natural gas pipeline through Ohio. (Associated Press)
• A judge will allow oil industry trade groups to weigh in on the legal case involving the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)
• Emails reveal the public relations talking points behind the Dakota Access pipeline protests. (DeSmog Blog)

REGULATION: The Trump administration releases its government-wide regulatory agenda, which outlines the withdrawal and reconsideration of hundreds of Obama-era environmental actions(The Hill, ThinkProgress)

FINANCE: A county board in northern Michigan rejects a proposal to establish Property Assessed Clean Energy financing. (Gaylord Herald Times)

UTILITIES: A Washington D.C. appeals court unanimously approves the $6.8 billion merger of Pepco and Chicago-based Exelon. (Washington Business Journal)

COAL: Weak coal ash regulations give utilities the option to dump the toxic substance in landfills and old mines, and the problem is likely to get worse under the Trump administration. (Mother Jones)

VOLKSWAGEN SCANDAL: The penalties and fees associated with the Volkswagen emissions scandal reaches $1.3 billion. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: The U.S. military is leading on energy independence, but we need greater levels of investment to build on that success, says the co-founder of CleanCapital. (Greentech Media)

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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