In Illinois, fracking stops before it has a chance to begin

FRACKING: Before a single permit is issued, low oil prices bring drilling speculation to a halt in Illinois. (Chicago Tribune)

WIND: Landowners in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula file a lawsuit over a wind project, and officials in an Illinois county reject a $400 million wind farm. (Midwest Energy News, Bloomington Pantagraph)

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EFFICIENCY: A Missouri utility is scaling back its once-ambitious efficiency plans. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR: The next big solar fight will be in Indiana, and uncertainty over tax credits could slow future solar development. (Utility Dive, New York Times)

COAL: Illinois may streamline the permitting process for new mines, a small fire is reported at a Wisconsin power plant, and North Dakota’s carbon target is “rejected with one arm and embraced with the other.” (Carbondale Southern Illinoisan, WISN, Bismarck Tribune)

NUCLEAR: A Toledo hearing over a utility plan to guarantee income from power plants centers on the nearby Davis-Besse nuclear plant, and the permit process for a Michigan plant expansion enters its final phase. (Toledo Blade)

CLIMATE: A new study predicts major economic impacts in the Midwest from climate change, and the Heartland Institute uses a Chinese journal to push climate misinformation. (MinnPost, ClimateWire)

OIL: A pipeline that leaked 40,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River is exposed on the riverbed, Enbridge may offer spill insurance in a Wisconsin county, and nearly 400 people pack a Sioux Falls hearing on a proposed pipeline. (Associated Press, Wisconsin State Journal, Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

GRID: Former FERC chair Jon Wellinghoff says the agency will win “hands down” if a demand response challenge is taken up by the Supreme Court. (Greentech Media)

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HYDRO: Three companies seek to generate power on the Mississippi River near downtown Minneapolis. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY: How FirstEnergy gets its way on Ohio energy policy, and why you should pay attention to Indiana’s solar debate. (Crain’s Cleveland Business, Indianapolis Star)

Wisconsin solar advocates take their case to court

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MICHIGAN: As Gov. Rick Snyder prepares to make a major statewide energy policy announcement in March, advocates are concerned it will be overly focused on natural gas. (Midwest Energy News)

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SOLAR: Wisconsin solar backers file a lawsuit challenging regulators on recent rate decisions, utilities embrace community solar, and advocates want to make Iowa City a solar leader. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Utility Dive, Huffington Post)

COAL: An Ohio company backs off a plan to mine for coal under a state park, a court rules that coal mining can take place in Ohio wetlands, and forecasts show coal retaining a significant share of electricity generation in coming decades. (Columbus Dispatch, EnergyWire)

CHICAGO: An audit of a utility’s multibillion-dollar natural gas pipeline replacement program is being concealed from the public. (Chicago Tribune)

WIND: U.S. wind installations grew sixfold last year. (Bloomberg)

OIL:
• Crews continue to clean up a major brine spill in North Dakota. (Associated Press)
• Water in a Montana town impacted by a pipeline spill may be safe to drink again as early as today. (Reuters)
• Enbridge is expected to restore landscaping along a pipeline route in Michigan this spring. (InsideClimate News)
• North Dakota boom towns prepare for thousands of layoffs. (CNN)

OHIO: Four finalists have been forwarded to Gov. John Kasich for an open seat on the state’s Public Utilities Commission, and a state lawmaker seeks to restore Ohio’s leadership in clean energy. (Columbus Business First, Paulding Progress)

ELECTRIC CARS: Missouri auto dealers sue the state for allowing Tesla’s sales model. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: The Energy Department is offering $55 million to develop more efficient vehicles. (The Hill)

ETHANOL: Iowa officials seek to make ethanol a central issue in the 2016 presidential race. (The Hill)

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COMMENTARY: Why net metering isn’t unfair to other customers, and Wisconsin embarks on a losing strategy on climate change. (Utility Dive, Urban Milwaukee)

CORRECTION: An item in yesterday’s digest misidentified the Wisconsin Farmers Union.

Critics of ‘bailout’ turn out in force at Ohio utility hearing

OHIO: Experts say Ohio’s energy law “freeze” will harm job growth in the state, and critics turn out in force at a hearing over FirstEnergy’s plan to guarantee income for older power plants. (Midwest Energy News, Cleveland Plain Dealer)

MINNESOTA: An advocacy group’s study finds increasing the state’s renewable energy standard to 40 percent would add billions to the state’s economy while having a minimal impact on ratepayers. (Midwest Energy News)

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COAL: After an 8-year fight, developers drop plans for a new coal strip mine in Illinois; and two companies seek to open new mines in Ohio. (Springfield State Journal-Register, Platts)

SOLAR:
• A Canadian solar manufacturer expands into Minnesota. (St. Paul Pioneer Press) 
• Officials in a rural Minnesota community may seek a moratorium against a utility-scale solar project. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• NRG Energy says it will “own” the solar sector. (Forbes)
• Solar power will be on the agenda at this year’s Wisconsin Farm Bureau Wisconsin Farmers Union convention. (Chippewa Herald)

POLITICS: Senate Democrats’ attempt to put Republicans on the record on climate change doesn’t work out as planned, and vocal climate denier Sen. James Inhofe takes control of the Environment and Public Works committee. (Politico, The Hill)

OIL AND GAS:
• OPEC expects oil prices to rebound. (Bloomberg)
• Nearly 3 million gallons of brine spill from a North Dakota pipeline. (Associated Press)
• The Yellowstone River spill raises new concerns about pipeline safety, as North Dakota officials test drinking water as a precaution. (Associated Press, Bismarck Tribune)
• A worker is found dead on a catwalk at a North Dakota oil tank site. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A drilling company blames vandalism for a 250-barrel oil spill in North Dakota. (Associated Press)
• The U.S. House approves a bill to fast-track natural gas pipelines. (Associated Press)

FRAC SAND: Wisconsin officials consider an update to a 2012 frac sand mining study. (La Crosse Tribune)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators say there is no “chilled work environment” at a Michigan nuclear plant, and a possible water leak takes an Illinois reactor offline. (MLive, Bloomington Pantagraph)

GRID: Developers of the Grain Belt Express transmission line seek customers, and FERC appeals a demand response case to the Supreme Court. (Kansas City Star, Greentech Media)

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NATURAL GAS: A Wisconsin utility files for permission to build a 400 MW natural gas unit. (Green Bay Press-Gazette)

COMMENTARY: How to interpret Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s comments on energy. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

Obama: ‘No challenge poses a greater threat’ than climate

STATE OF THE UNION: President Obama says “no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change,” the president’s full remarks on energy and climate can be found here. (Grist, InsideClimate News)

OHIO: Consumer groups say an Ohio utility’s plan to cut off service remotely for unpaid bills violates state law. (Midwest Energy News)

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KEYSTONE XL: TransCanada begins using eminent domain to acquire land in Nebraska, while some Democrats say a political fight over the pipeline in Congress will distract from other energy issues. (Associated Press, Politico)

MEANWHILE: An efficiency amendment to a Keystone XL bill provides a rare moment of bipartisan energy policy. (New York Times)

OIL AND GAS:
• Crude oil from a pipeline spill is found in a Montana town’s water supply. (New York Times)
• Kansas officials acknowledge disposal of fracking wastewater contributed to recent earthquakes. (Lawrence Journal-World)
• A Kansas oil company with a history of violations reaches an agreement with the state to continue operating. (Topeka Capital-Journal)
• Low oil prices lead to a slight increase in driving in November. (Reuters)

COAL: A Missouri utility will stop burning coal at three power plants, an Ohio utility’s coal consumption is projected to fall this year, and a Kentucky utility board confronts the CEO of the Prairie State Energy Campus. (Kansas City Business Journal, Platts, WKMS)

SOLAR: The U.S. installed 22 times more solar in 2014 than in 2008, and the University of Illinois will begin construction on a 20 acre solar farm this spring. (Greentech Media, Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette)

WIND: Amazon will invest in an Indiana wind farm to help power its data centers, and operators of a Kansas wind farm say a utility is not meeting terms of its purchase agreement. (GigaOm, Springfield News-Leader)

CLIMATE: Two philanthropies will spend $48 million to help states cut emissions. (New York Times)

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GRID: FERC delays Duke Energy’s proposed sale of its Midwest power plants. (Charlotte Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: Why polls don’t give us the full picture on energy politics. (Grist)

Survey finds growing concern about climate among voters

CLIMATE: NOAA says 2014 was the hottest year on record. (Climate Central)

ALSO: A new survey finds rising concern about climate change among voters, as possible GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney says climate change is among the country’s top issues. (Washington Post, Gannett)

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MINNESOTA: While the state’s largest co-op is taking steps to cut carbon, advocates note it’s just barely meeting requirements in state law; meanwhile another Minnesota utility becomes one of the largest wind producers in the U.S. with completion of a new project. (Midwest Energy News, Duluth News Tribune)

UTILITIES: Customer groups object to We Energies’ proposed merger with Integrys. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

WISCONSIN: Environmental groups object to Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to sue over proposed EPA carbon regulations. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS:
• A pipeline rupture spills at least 42,000 gallons of crude into the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana. (Billings Gazette)
• Nebraska landowners file new legal challenges against developers of Keystone XL. (Bloomberg)
• A threatened bat species could complicate plans for a Minnesota pipeline. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A North Dakota official says the state could lose millions in revenue if legislators void recent regulations. (Forum News Service)
• Full air testing results following an Ohio refinery blast have still not been released. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Two workers are injured in a fire at a North Dakota oil treater site. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A British company seeks to build a $200 million refinery in northeast Ohio. (Associated Press)

FRACKING: A company promoting a waterless fracking technique runs into financial trouble, and a Michigan author says her new novel, while fictional, highlights some real problems with the state’s fracking industry. (Columbus Business First, Midwest Energy News)

COAL: An Ohio coal operation is fined $650,000 for permit violations, Peabody Energy anticipates a turnaround in coal markets, and Illinois Basin production continues to increase. (Columbus Dispatch, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, SNL)

WIND: Nebraska lawmakers propose new incentives for wind energy. (Omaha World-Herald)

MICHIGAN: The outgoing mayor of Grand Rapids calls for further efforts on clean energy (more background here). (MLive, Midwest Energy News archive)

CHICAGO: The site of a closed coal plant could become a transit garage and a park. (Chicago Tribune)

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TECHNOLOGY: The University of Michigan’s solar car wins its first international competition. (MLive)

COMMENTARY: Some straight talk about artsy wind turbines. (Treehugger)

Study finds twice as many solar jobs as coal jobs in U.S.

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SOLAR:
• How arcane-sounding policy changes will have a significant impact on solar economics in Wisconsin. (Midwest Energy News)
• A pair of bills in the Missouri legislature would expand net metering for solar customers. (Midwest Energy News)
• A study finds there are twice as many solar jobs as coal jobs in the U.S. (Mother Jones)
• A rural Minnesota co-op plans a 100 kW community solar project. (Owatonna People’s Press)
• Minnesota regulators clarify how Xcel’s community solar projects will be prioritized. (Renewable+Law)
• Officials in a Michigan town back a community solar project atop a historic mansion. (Grand Rapids Press)

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INDIANA: Advocates say utilities are “rewriting the rules” with a pair of bills to change efficiency and solar policies. (EnergyWire)

COAL: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder calls for “a long term transition away from coal,” Dynegy says it will shut down part of an Illinois coal plant, and pollution upgrades could keep a Wisconsin coal unit operating through 2038. (MLive, Platts, SNL)

OIL AND GAS:
• EPA methane regulations are expected to be implemented gradually. (InsideClimate News)
• A report says Minnesota first responders are not prepared for an oil train disaster. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• The drilling downturn is dashing hopes for thousands of workers. (Bloomberg)
• An Illinois community college plans to offer a fracking program. (Associated Press)

OHIO: FirstEnergy and American Electric Power were among top donors to inaugural parties for Gov. John Kasich and other state officials. (Columbus Dispatch)

GRID: The PJM Interconnection files a proposal to continue allowing demand response in capacity auctions. (SNL)

BIOENERGY: An MIT study finds a carbon price would be a boon for bioenergy, and ethanol producers so far are not being harmed by low oil prices. (Greenwire, Des Moines Register)

MINNESOTA: State Rep. Pat Garofalo, chair of the House energy committee, will also help lead the Council on State Government’s energy panel (read our Q&A here). (MinnPost)

CLIMATE: Pope Francis speaks out on climate change, while Ohio Rep. John Boehner tries a new take on the “I’m not a scientist” line. (Reuters, The Hill)

ELECTRIC CARS: An Ohio town considers installing high-speed charging stations. (Columbus Dispatch)

COMMENTARY: How much will climate change cost us? (Grist)

Oil production falls rapidly in some North Dakota counties

OHIO: While ratepayers will soon see a new line item for renewable energy and efficiency on their bills, other charges — including possible payments to guarantee income for coal plants — will remain hidden. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: American Electric Power’s CEO discusses the possibility of selling the company’s unregulated power plants. (Columbus Business First)

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EPA: EPA officials are “very confident” pollution rules will survive legal and political challenges. (Greenwire)

OIL AND GAS:
• Oil production has fallen as much as 62 percent in some North Dakota counties. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A North Dakota oil field worker was killed in a fire on Tuesday. (Bismarck Tribune)
• An industry group says “onerous” methane regulations “could threaten the shale energy revolution.” (Bloomberg)
• North Dakota officials reported a spill at a well site on Wednesday. (Bismarck Tribune)
• An amendment to a Keystone XL bill in Congress would subject the oil to U.S. export rules. (Bloomberg)

CLIMATE: A Keystone XL amendment will put U.S. Senators on the record on climate science. (New York Times)

MINNESOTA: Legislative leaders discussed energy policy on Minnesota Public Radio yesterday. (MPR News)

EFFICIENCY: A Missouri utility increases its charge for energy efficiency. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: House Republicans want to revive the Yucca Mountain waste project. (The Hill)

TRANSPORTATION: Elon Musk says hydrogen-powered cars are “extremely silly.” (MLive)

SOLAR: A rooftop installation at a St. Louis-area Ikea store will be the largest in Missouri. (St. Louis Business Journal)

INDIANA: Advocates say Gov. Mike Pence is overly focused on coal. (Indiana Public Media)

MANUFACTURING: Crowds gather to watch a massive generator move through an Ohio town. (Columbus Dispatch)

GRID: A squirrel knocked out power to 4,500 customers near Cincinnati on Monday. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

COMMENTARY: Why the EPA’s methane crackdown is “a moment of truth” for the oil and gas industry. (Mother Jones)

Report: Clean energy investment plummets in Ohio

MICHIGAN: State officials announce a plan to resolve the Upper Peninsula’s energy crisis, which involves a new natural gas plant and a Wisconsin utility pulling out of the state almost entirely. (Midwest Energy News)

OHIO: A new report finds clean energy investment has plummeted in Ohio since lawmakers froze the state’s renewable energy and efficiency laws. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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FRACKING: The EPA plans new regulations on methane emissions, and fracking registration is off to a slow start in Illinois. (New York Times, Springfield State Journal-Register)

SOLAR: A community solar developer announces a partnership with a major Minnesota construction firm, and a new study finds rooftop solar increases property values. (Midwest Energy News, Phys.org)

PETCOKE: Chicago officials move to limit transport of petcoke in the city. (Midwest Energy News)

WISCONSIN: Renewable energy advocates in Wisconsin find the deck is increasingly stacked against them. (EnergyWire)

OIL: Falling oil revenues make the state budget crisis worse in Kansas. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

KEYSTONE XL: Congressional debate over the pipeline will delve into climate change, oil exports and other issues. (Politico)

TRANSMISSION: A Minnesota organic dairy announces it’s shutting down after completing a settlement with developers of a transmission line. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

ELECTRIC CARS: In a visit to Detroit, Elon Musk says he expects Tesla to sell “a few million” cars per year by 2025, and encourages the state to “open the doors” to his marketing model. (MLive)

COAL: After a slight uptick in 2014, U.S. coal output is expected to fall over the next two years; and operators of an Illinois coal plant announce plans to cut emissions by 90 percent. (Platts, Peoria Journal Star)

NUCLEAR: Operators of a Michigan nuclear plant say a failure to follow procedures during refueling should be treated as a low-level violation. (Associated Press)

BIOMASS: A state grant helps a Wisconsin ski chalet convert its heating system to biomass. (Wausau Daily Herald)

COMMENTARY: An Iowa dairy farmer explains why he supports new transmission lines. (Des Moines Register)

Minnesota company plans to go 100 percent solar

MICHIGAN: A University of Michigan study finds increasing the state’s renewable energy standard to 25 percent would cost the average household about $2.60 per month. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR: A Minnesota company will offset 100 percent of its electricity use with solar power, and Duke Energy plans to buy 20 MW of solar capacity in Indiana. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, RTO Insider)

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WIND: MidAmerican’s massive wind expansion in Iowa is nearly complete, and an Ohio supplier of wind components is shutting down(Bloomberg, Crain’s Cleveland Business)

CLIMATE: Iowa’s greenhouse gas emissions declined again in 2013, thanks to decreased dependence on coal and more wind energy; and Stanford scientists say estimates of the social cost of carbon are far too low. (Bettendorf.com, Phys.org)

NUCLEAR: The company decommissioning an Illinois nuclear plant is running out of money, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner sits out the debate over Exelon’s remaining nuclear fleet, and development of advanced nuclear technology continues to go slowly(Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, Greentech Media)

OIL AND GAS:
• At least 16 drilling workers were killed in fires and explosions last year. (EnergyWire)
• Oil prices hit their lowest point since the 2009 recession. (New York Times)
• With oil prices bottoming out, is Keystone XL needed anymore? (Associated Press)
• An Ohio refinery will remain shut down for a week following an explosion over the weekend. (Associated Press)
• An attorney says Nebraska landowners can still challenge Keystone XL. (Associated Press)

COAL: Wisconsin regulators approve a plan to improve pollution controls at a coal plant, and a report highlights further difficulties for the coal industry. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, ClimateWire)

ELECTRIC CARS: Chevy’s new Bolt could be “the first mass-market EV success,” according to one analyst; and a new report shows how mass adoption of electric cars could impact the grid. (Los Angeles Times, Greentech Media)

OHIO: The director of Ohio’s Department of Commerce is among 16 applicants for an open seat on the Public Utilities Commission. (Columbus Business First)

EFFICIENCY: A new state-of-the-art hog barn in Iowa features LED lighting and solar panels, a high efficiency Habitat development in Wisconsin receives national recognition, and a state grant will fund efficiency improvements at a Grand Rapids technology lab. (Cedar Valley Business, Pierce County Herald, MLive)

Nebraska court doesn’t have votes to overturn pipeline law

NUCLEAR: Exelon responds to an Illinois report on its nuclear plants, saying it bolsters the company’s case that state action is needed to keep the plants competitive. (Midwest Energy News)

CLIMATE: A Michigan organization helps small cities develop plans to adapt to climate change. (Midwest Energy News)

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KEYSTONE XL: Nebraska’s Supreme Court didn’t have enough votes to overturn a state law regarding authority over pipeline routes, removing an obstacle to the project. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: Political alliances forged over Keystone XL could imperil other projects, and will GOP pushback against President Obama’s climate agenda backfire? (Politico, InsideClimate News)

OIL AND GAS:
• Wisconsin officials say they’re not seeing a slowdown in frac sand mining. (Madison Capital Times)
• A documentary airing tonight will explore the risks faced by North Dakota oil field workers. (Midwest Energy News)
• Ohio officials say no contaminants were released following a refinery explosion over the weekend. (Associated Press)
• Opponents of an Ohio natural gas pipeline meet with Gov. John Kasich. (Toledo Blade)
• A North Dakota town starts to feel the impact of the oil slowdown, as drillers idle the most rigs since 1991. (Reuters, Bloomberg) 
• A Wisconsin county has doubts about the safety of a proposed Enbridge pipeline expansion. (Wisconsin State Journal)

UTILITIES: An Indiana utility is the latest in the Midwest to pursue increased fixed charges, a Minnesota firm is fined $4.3 million to settle charges of manipulating electricity markets, and the CEO of an Ohio utility raises concerns about reliability(Indianapolis Business Journal, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dayton Business Journal)

TRANSMISSION: Can a national climate policy work without a national transmission plan? (EnergyWire)

ELECTRIC CARS: GM plans to reveal a 200-mile electric vehicle, reportedly called the Chevrolet Bolt, at an auto show today. (MLive)

SOLAR: The Republican chair of the Minnesota House energy committee says he’ll revisit “excessive subsidies” for solar power, landowners near a utility-scale Minnesota solar project say they’re concerned about impact on property values, and a report says solar combined with storage won’t be a threat to utilities anytime soon. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota Watchdog, Forbes)

COAL: Patriot Coal announces it will move its headquarters from St. Louis to to West Virginia. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

TECHNOLOGY: A Wisconsin company’s battery helps increase mileage in Ford pickups; and despite a solar slowdown in the state, an Ohio firm reports strong sales elsewhere. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Toledo Free Press)

PROPANE: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declares an emergency to ensure adequate supplies of propane. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: An Illinois coal plant puts an Ohio town at risk., and how OPEC is using the price of oil as a weapon against U.S. producers. (Midwest Energy News, Bloomberg)