OHIO: After less than a year on the job, the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is expected to resign within the week to take another job out of state. (Columbus Dispatch)

COAL: Ohio-based Murray Energy claims that an update to federal stream-protection rules would effectively end underground coal mining in the U.S. (Midwest Energy News)

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PIPELINES: Consumers advocates in Michigan say a utility’s plan to help develop a natural gas pipeline from Ohio would be a bad deal for its ratepayers and potentially violate a state code. (Midwest Energy News)

• At its annual shareholders meeting, AEP says it wants to be a leader in solar development in Ohio, but would rather see it grow at utility scale rather than on rooftops. (Columbus Dispatch)
A city in northwest Illinois will install 125 solar panels on the roof of its city hall. (Telegraph Herald)
A conservation group says Indiana has one of the worst regulatory environments for solar development in the country. (Associated Press)

• Due to growth in oil and gas production last year, an Ohio official says the state is getting closer to being energy self-sufficient. (Youngstown Vindicator)
Tribal officials in the Dakotas plan to meet with a federal official over their concerns with the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (Associated Press)
North Dakota officials report a spill of about 42 gallons of natural-gas liquids at a gathering pipeline that entered a nearby tributary. (Associated Press)
Local officials use a zoning ordinance to effectively block a metro Detroit church from drilling for oil on its property. (CBS Detroit)
After six decades, Exxon loses its “pristine” AAA credit rating. (Associated Press)

WIND: Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley pushes for $15.4 million to be redirected in the Senate’s energy bill toward wind research. (Washington Examiner)

POLITICS: A Republican donor from North Carolina says he will spend seven figures on a digital ad campaign to help re-elect to conservative senators, including Ohio’s Rob Portman, based on clean energy issues. (Reuters)

CLIMATE: New Exxon corporate documents reveal the problem between fossil fuels, carbon emissions and climate change was clearly understood within the company in the 1970s. (DeSmog Blog)

UTILITIES: A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on states’ involvement in wholesale power prices still leaves open-ended questions about incentives for renewable energy across the country and income guarantees in Ohio. (Utility Dive)

OIL BY RAIL: “As the Western Hemisphere’s busiest freight hub,” Chicago remains particularly vulnerable to an oil tanker accident. (Chicago Magazine)

POLLUTION: Ohio-based Murray Energy continues its challenge against the U.S. EPA’s final rule on limiting mercury and other pollutants from power plants. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Automakers are on track to meet fuel efficiency standards for new vehicles by 2025, though improvements to cars are outpacing those to trucks. (ClimateWire)

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.

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