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SOLAR: A Wisconsin appellate court allows a utility to scale back the size of a credit program for customers who generate their own solar energy. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• A municipal utility in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula begins discussing changes to its solar rates for self-generating customers. (Marquette Mining Journal)
• An Indiana utility will bring four new solar projects online this year. (South Bend Tribune)
• A Wisconsin electric cooperative introduces sheep to its solar installation to manage vegetation. (WEAU-TV)
• Two Duke Energy solar projects come online in Indiana. (WTHI-TV)

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EFFICIENCY: A University of Chicago researcher discusses the vast energy efficiency potential through the sharing of energy-use data. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES:
• Enbridge begins surveying for a twin pipeline along one of its existing routes in Wisconsin. (WiscNews)
• A federal appeals court rejects a challenge by the Sierra Club over an oil pipeline passing through northern Michigan. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS: A Nebraska judge overturns a state oil and gas commission’s decision to allow a company to dispose drilling wastewater in an abandoned well. (Scottsbluff Star Herald)

WIND:
• Bolstered by recent high-profile endorsements, developers of the Grain Belt Express submit a new application for approval of the transmission project with Missouri regulators. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Xcel Energy is finding ways to tame the variability of wind generation. (Forbes)
• A wind developer continues to withhold data about one of its projects in Ohio. (WKSU)

MERGER: Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy detail plans for a $12.2 billion merger in a formal filing with Kansas regulators. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Corporate executives in Columbus, Ohio, will be encouraged to drive electric vehicles as part of a federal “smart city” grant awarded to the city. (Columbus Business First)

GRID: Indiana regulators approve a settlement plan between Duke Energy and consumer advocates to modernize the utility’s grid. (Transmission & Distribution World)

POLITICS: Candidates in a U.S. Senate race in Ohio continue attacking each other’s record on coal. (Washington Examiner)

GASOLINE: More tanker trucks and Great Lakes shippers are expected to alleviate any potential gas shortages in Wisconsin caused by a shuttered pipeline. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: Utilities in Michigan and Kansas are showing a commitment to providing infrastructure for electric vehicles. (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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