SOLAR: A Kansas City utility’s community solar program has been slow to fill subscriptions in contrast to others in the region. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Illinois regulators clarify state rules on power purchase agreements that will help entities obtain solar power through third parties. (Energy News Network)
• Several large-scale solar projects are planned on farmland across southwestern Ohio. (WVXU)
• Michigan’s two largest utilities oppose efforts to restore net metering and lift a state cap on participants as installers say their future is uncertain. (MiBiz)
• Local officials on Minnesota’s Iron Range seek $3.8 million in state grant funding to expand a solar manufacturing facility. (Duluth News Tribune)
• A Minnesota civil engineering firm that nearly closed during the Great Recession is now boosted by the fast-growing solar sector. (Star Tribune)

UTILITIES:
• Xcel Energy in Minnesota suspends disconnections and will offer payment plans during the coronavirus outbreak. Consumers Energy announces similar plans for senior and low-income customers in Michigan. (WCCO, MiBiz)
• A utility watchdog group is tracking utilities that have suspended shut-offs during the emergency. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• The University of Iowa transfers its utility services to a private company as part of a nearly $1.2 billion deal reached late last year. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

GRID:
• Grid operator PJM lays out a timeline for its capacity auction following a controversial ruling from federal regulators last year and amid criticism from nuclear and clean energy advocates. (E&E News, subscription)
• Officials postpone public meetings in Iowa involving a proposed underground transmission project due to coronavirus concerns. (Telegraph Herald)

WIND: County officials in northwestern Missouri approve a ban on commercial wind projects. (News-Press Now)

COAL: Developers finalize the decommissioning of a coal plant in western Michigan where it will remain a marine port terminal. (MiBiz)

COMMENTARY: An advocacy group including residents and farmers say a proposed Illinois coal mine is not worth the pollution risks. (Champaign News-Gazette)

Andy Balaskovitz

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.