Daily Digest

Utility shares drop after Kansas regulators reject $12.2 billion merger

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)

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