Energy news in brief

** Environmental groups file suit claiming Wisconsin regulators discriminate against utility customers who generate their own power and send it back to the grid.

** U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa says EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler should be fired if new federal ethanol blending requirements aren’t upheld. 

** Daybreak Power Inc., a developer of gigawatt-scale energy storage projects, announced  that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has accepted the company’s application for a preliminary permit for its proposed $3.6 billion 2,200 megawatt Navajo Energy Storage Station near Page, Ariz.

** Utah coal mines suffer a major setback as a California city that has been a key export gateway approves a ban on the storage and handling of coal.

** The BLM has approved the proposed $1 billion 450 MW Desert Quartzite Solar Project on roughly 3,000 acres of public land in eastern Riverside County, California.

** A fishing industry coalition focused on offshore wind energy development announces the creation of a new Pacific Advisory Committee to address fishermen’s concerns.