OIL AND GAS: The Sierra Club files an antitrust complaint with federal regulators against a proposed natural gas pipeline through Ohio and southeast Michigan, alleging it will raise prices above competitive rates. (Detroit News) 

UTILITIES: Ohio-based FirstEnergy continues to seek ratepayer support in order to boost its credit rating. (Midwest Energy News)

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REGULATION: Researchers say Ohio businesses, residents and industries saved $15 billion on electricity between 2011 and 2015 due to the state’s de-regulated market. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

COAL: An Ohio utility is considering closing two coal-fired plants in the southern portion of the state, citing “market-driven financial challenges.” (Dayton Daily News)

GRID: Consumer advocates say grid-reliability upgrades by AEP are not justified by the costs imposed on ratepayers. (Columbus Dispatch)

SOLAR:
• DTE Energy plans to unveil a new 800-kilowatt solar array at a cemetery in southeast Michigan. (MLive)
• Manufacturer First Solar plans to restructure the company to cut costs and develop new products, but it will also cut 450 jobs at an Ohio facility. (Toledo Blade)
• An Illinois family cuts their electric bill by installing solar panels on their property. (Belleville News-Democrat)

PIPELINES:
• The U.S. considers gathering more input from tribes as agencies contemplate projects like the Dakota Access pipeline going forward. (Reuters)
• A North Dakota judge throws out felony charges against several Dakota Access protesters in a case that could foreshadow how others are adjudicated. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Protesters close down streets in Bismarck, North Dakota while demonstrating against the Dakota Access pipeline in front of a bank and a federal building. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Native American tribal leaders’ biennial address to North Dakota lawmakers is cancelled due to concerns that there wouldn’t be enough security presence because of pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: The closing of nuclear plants around the country could “significantly undermine U.S. efforts to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.” (EnergyWire)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A California-based EV manufacturer plans to open a research and development facility in southeast Michigan. (Associated Press)
• Tesla and SolarCity shareholders approve a merger between the two companies by a wide margin. (Associated Press)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wants President-elect Trump to quickly rescind Obama administration orders on greenhouse gas emissions. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: A northern Indiana utility plans to convert streetlights in its service territory to LED bulbs to cut costs; officials in Toledo, Ohio consider a similar initiative. (Associated Press, Toledo Blade)

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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