SOLAR:
• Officials in Dane County, Wisconsin will study the feasibility of building a 6-megawatt solar project on 30 acres at the local airport. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• A solar group-buying program in southeast Wisconsin moves forward with a new project developer. (Racine Journal Times)

UTILITIES: Shares of Westar Energy dropped 8 percent this week after Kansas regulators unanimously voted against its planned $12.2 billion sale to Great Plains Energy. (RTO Insider)

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WIND: The chairman and CEO of Xcel Energy says a change in course on energy policy at the federal level is not deterring the utility from meeting customer demand for wind energy. (SNL / Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

PIPELINES: Enbridge is finishing work on a years-long upgrade on its Line 61 pipeline, which runs from Duluth, Minnesota, to Flanagan, Illinois. (WiscNews)

FINANCE: Property Assessed Clean Energy financing is now available to help pay for clean energy projects in Winona County, Minnesota. (Winona Daily News)

OIL AND GAS:
• North Dakota lawmakers are considering establishing a committee to study tribal tax issues in an attempt to reach a compromise over oil tax revenue. (Forum News Service)
• Plans move forward for a roughly $1 billion natural gas plant near Springfield, Illinois. (State Journal-Register)

TRANSPORTATION: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton opens the door for a transportation funding bill package that does not include a gasoline tax increase. (Associated Press)

STORAGE: An energy storage trade group files a complaint with federal regulators against grid operator PJM’s rules governing energy storage projects. (Energy Storage News)

EFFICIENCY: Facilities across Michigan are awarded for their efforts to increase energy efficiency. (MLive)

BIOFUELS:
• South Dakota officials approve a $3.55 million loan to a county railroad authority that will be directed toward a planned ethanol plant. (Pierre Capital Journal)
• The city of Lima, Ohio is seeking state grant funding to determine which alternative fuels would be appropriate for the city’s fleet of buses and trucks. (Lima News)

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COAL: Why Ohio’s move away from coal generation and the subsequent drop in emissions will lead to cheaper gasoline available this summer. (Fox 19)

COMMENTARY:
• An industry representative says Iowa lawmakers are considering legislation that “would take us backwards” on developing biofuels. (Des Moines Register)
• As Michigan’s new energy laws take effect, a clean energy advocate calls the two-year effort a “success story … that signaled clean energy and its many benefits are here to stay in Michigan.” (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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.

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