CLIMATE:
• The chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio seeks a balanced approach to dealing with climate change so there won’t be “dire economic consequences,” and also calls investing in clean energy the “right thing to do.” (EnergyWire)
• The agriculture sector is responsible for a steadily growing amount of greenhouse gas emissions. (Climate Central)

SOLAR:
• Alliant Energy plans a 4-megawatt solar project in Dubuque, Iowa, which would be the state’s largest. (Dubuque Telegraph Herald)
• Local officials in a southern Minnesota city vote to invest in 5 megawatts at community solar projects around the area, potentially saving $1.2 million over 25 years. (Mankato Free Press)
• An Ohio furniture store plans to get 8 percent of its power needs by installing solar panels on its roof. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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OIL AND GAS:
• BP agrees to pay nearly $300,000 in fines and continue to reduce pollution at its Whiting refinery near Chicago following a 2014 incident that spilled 39 barrels of oil into Lake Michigan. (Northwest Indiana Times)
• A Pennsylvania-based company plans to sell off its Midwest shale assets for $40 million. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
• A natural gas line rupture in St. Louis forces the evacuation of 150 people nearby. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

UTILITIES:
• Utility executives gather in Chicago to embrace distributed generation but also to reaffirm their companies’ role as administrators of the grid. (Midwest Energy News)
• Midwest utilities also say market reforms are needed that properly value baseload generation such as nuclear. (Utility Dive)

BIOFUELS:
• Spain-based renewable energy company Abengoa is lining up buyers for four of its Midwest ethanol plants as the company restructures. (St. Louis Business Journal)
• New research partially funded by the U.S. government says there is “no clear relationship between biofuels and higher prices that threaten access to food.” (Reuters)

PIPELINES:
• A pipeline developer will detail plans today for a $500 million, 240-mile project to move ethane through Ohio. (Toledo Blade)
• Congress votes to require stronger safety measures for pipelines carrying oil and gas through the Great Lakes region. (Associated Press)
• Opponents say DTE Energy’s plans for a natural gas pipeline to move supplies from eastern Ohio and Pennsylvania is a bad deal for ratepayers. See here for background on the project. (Detroit Free Press, Midwest Energy News archive)

TRANSMISSION: A Kansas-based municipal utility will likely receive millions of dollars from Kansas City Power and Light to settle a dispute involving transmission costs. (Independence Examiner)

RATES: Cheaper wholesale power prices are causing a rate decrease for Duke Energy customers in Ohio. (Cincinnati Business Courier)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators will hold a public forum next week to discuss the safety of operations at a southwest Michigan nuclear plant. (MLive)

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POLITICS: U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio will launch radio ads today attacking his opponent Ted Strickland’s record on the coal industry. (Washington Examiner)

COMMENTARY:
• Ensuring solar is available to everyone and preventing potential cross-subsidization among customer classes are ways to develop a robust industry. (Midwest Energy News)
• Conservatives need to lead on pushing Ohio’s clean energy future. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• Minnesota should lead on electrifying the state’s transportation system, starting with electric buses. (MinnPost)
• Michigan’s Attorney General should end his fight against mercury pollution standards. (Detroit Free 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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