WIND: As has been the case in Ohio, advocates are concerned that new setback requirements will restrict wind development in Poland. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL:
• A federal bankruptcy judge says Peabody Energy can still face mine reclamation requirements as it moves through bankruptcy. (Midwest Energy News)
• A “finite number” of potential buyers are interested in FirstEnergy’s coal generation assets in Ohio. (SNL / Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

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UTILITIES:
• Ohio regulators continue taking testimony on a third rate plan filed by FirstEnergy that would have customers pay $393 million to shore up the utility’s credit rating. (Toledo Blade)
• An administrative law judge says ratepayers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula should get at least a $17 million refund for costs associated with keeping a coal plant open there. (WJMN-TV)

OIL AND GAS:
• An Iowa family attends a condemnation hearing for their property that would be taken for the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (WHO-TV)
• A towering concrete stack at the site of a former coal plant in Ohio will come down as part of ongoing efforts to build an ethane cracker plant there. (Columbus Business First)
• Consol Energy says it will resume gas drilling in the Utica and Marcellus shales after stopping last year in the face of low prices. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

HYDRO: Federal regulators and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agree to streamline the planning process for developing new hydropower at the Corps’ federal facilities. (Transmission & Distribution World)

NUCLEAR: The U.S. nuclear industry has been in “survival mode” since 2012 when operating costs began to jump and natural gas became cheaper. (EnergyWire)

CLIMATE: The U.S. EPA reaches a “key milestone” by declaring that aircraft emissions contribute to climate change, allowing the agency to work to cut emissions from the sector. (Climate Central)

GRID: Federal regulators direct the North American Electric Reliability Corp. to develop a new infrastructure protection standard to protect against cyberattacks. (Smart Grid News)

OIL BY RAIL: Canada will take old oil rail cars out of service earlier than planned as part of a broader move to strengthen safety standards for the industry. (Reuters)

VOLKSWAGEN SCANDAL: A federal judge “appears inclined to approve” the proposed $15 billion settlement over the automaker’s cheating on emissions reporting. (Associated Press)

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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