POLICY: Following a two-year freeze on clean energy standards, Ohio Republicans now want to make the policy optional. (Columbus Dispatch)

UTILITIES:
• Illinois regulators vote unanimously to allow Ameren to install advanced metering systems across its entire service territory, representing 1.2 million customers. (Midwest Energy News)
• One expert sees a steady shift toward performance-based ratemaking for Midwest utilities. (Midwest Energy News)

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SOLAR:

• A southern Illinois solar project will retain former coal industry workers to build it. (Southern Illinoisan)
• While attempting to discourage small-scale solar projects, Michigan’s major utilities are moving forward with large, community-scale projects. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• Community solar projects continue popping up across western Wisconsin. (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram)

RENEWABLES: A new grid charge in proposed energy policy in Michigan would stunt solar and wind growth, advocates say. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

PIPELINES:
• The Dakota Access pipeline developer is falling behind schedule amid ongoing legal delays. (Bismarck Tribune)
• The developer has also purchased a portion of a historic ranch in North Dakota where a violent protest had occurred earlier this month. (Associated Press)
• A private firm that conducted the environmental review for the Dakota Access pipeline was simultaneously working for the project developer on a connecting pipeline. (DeSmog)

EFFICIENCY: A Kansas county is using 20 percent less energy for heating, cooling and lighting after making clean energy investments. (Lawrence Journal-World)

NUCLEAR: An Ohio nuclear plant is back online after 12 days of an unplanned shutdown caused by rain water entering the plant’s turbine. (Toledo Blade)

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OIL AND GAS: North Dakota continues to see “bleaker-than-expected” revenues coming in to the state from oil activity. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• North Dakota officials should move forward with sweeping new regulations on oil development. (Rapid City Journal)
• Ohio lawmakers’ latest revisions to clean energy policy are a “thinly-veiled attempt to water down the standards, render them unenforceable and throw them into limbo for at least the next 3 to 4 years.” (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• It’s time to start decommissioning the oil pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac. (Petoskey News-Review)

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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