CLEAN POWER PLAN: Michigan researchers say the state should turn to efficiency first to meet EPA carbon targets. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: Two new reports say the Clean Power Plan will result in lower bills for Ohioans. (Public News Service)

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SOLAR:
• Iowa’s consumer advocate has contacted a rural co-op that is proposing one of the highest fixed charges in the country for solar customers. (Des Moines Register, Midwest Energy News archive)
Work begins on a 17-acre solar farm in Indiana. (Associated Press)

MICHIGAN: Increasing the state’s renewable energy standard seems increasingly unlikely. (Detroit News)

FAITH: Chicago’s archdiocese will be the first in the country to track energy usage in its buildings in an effort to help fight climate change. (Chicago Tribune)

FRACKING: A study of 27 states finds drilling is taking place at shallower depths than previously thought, potentially increasing risks to drinking water. (InsideClimate News)

NATURAL GAS: A bill proposed by two Kansas senators would give states authority over natural gas storage. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

UTILITIES:
• Kansas consumer advocates offer an alternative to a utility’s proposed $152 million rate increase. (Topeka Capital-Journal)
• A standoff over efficiency policy has some advocates calling for regulatory reform in Missouri. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A Minnesota company is developing an electric bucket truck designed for utility crews. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Some of the more ambitious predictions about electric cars have so far failed to pan out. (Forbes)

BIOFUELS:
• A new ethanol plant – connected to a North Dakota coal plant for more efficiency operation – begins production. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Officials from Nebraska and Iowa warn cuts to the Renewable Fuels Standard will harm their states’ economies. (Nebraska Radio Network)

COMMENTARY:
• Michigan needs to act now to prevent “catastrophic consequences” if a pipeline ruptures beneath the Straits of Mackinac. (Toledo Blade)
• The Clean Power Plan will protect the health of Michigan families. (MLive)
• Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s reflexive opposition to environmental policies may score short-term political points, but harms the state in the long term. (Indianapolis Star)

Ken Paulman

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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