How Ohio shifted to policies that support fossil fuels

SOLAR: The Dawah Islamic Center in Milwaukee is pursuing solar energy as a way to build connections in the community and understanding among faith-based groups. (Midwest Energy News)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A look at how Ohio went from encouraging the clean energy sector to policies that support fossil fuels. (InsideClimate News)
• St. Louis becomes the 47th U.S. city to commit to a 100 percent clean energy goal. (Grist)

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Michigan regulators approve plan for Upper Peninsula power plants

STORAGE: A new housing development in suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul will use grid-interactive electric thermal water heaters to enable a community energy storage project. (Midwest Energy News)

MICHIGAN: State regulators approve a $277 million plan for a pair of natural gas plants to be built in the central Upper Peninsula to replace an aging coal plant in Marquette. (POWER Magazine)

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Minneapolis explores replacing city fleet with electric vehicles

TRANSMISSION: A new report examines how counties in Minnesota, Kansas and Wisconsin have benefitted economically from transmission projects. (Midwest Energy News)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Minneapolis city council members express interest in replacing the city’s fleet with electric vehicles as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A clean-fuels collaborative says more recharging stations could lead to thousands more hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles on the road in central Ohio. (Columbus Business First)

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PJM says Energy Department plan to support coal, nuclear plants against the law

POLICY:
• Eight former members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission say the Trump administration’s plan to support coal and nuclear plants would raise prices and distort the market. (Associated Press)
• Grid operator PJM says the Energy Department’s plan is “simply unworkable” and “contrary to law.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

WIND:
• A stalled wind project in northeast Nebraska will be resurrected and bigger than initially planned after Facebook announced it would buy energy from it. (Omaha World-Herald)
• Local officials in a central Indiana county debate potential changes to allowable noise levels from wind turbines. (Crawfordsville Journal Review)

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Ohio regulators oppose Energy Department plan for supporting coal, nuclear plants

POLICY: The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio opposes a U.S. Department of Energy proposal to support coal and nuclear plants, saying it could bring radical changes to competitive markets. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

CLIMATE: In an unusual move, a Minnesota judge grants intervenor status to a group of youth climate change activists who will now have formal standing in a case involving a pipeline expansion project. (Midwest Energy News)

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BIOFUELS: The EPA on Friday scrapped proposed changes to the nation’s biofuels policy after backlash from corn-state lawmakers.

Advocates call pipeline approval a ‘quiet Keystone XL’

UTILITIES: Ratepayers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula could see up to a $24 million refund for costs they’ve paid to continue operating a Wisconsin utility’s aging coal plant there, federal regulators ruled Thursday. Meanwhile, fraud claims against the plant’s owner will get a closer look by federal officials. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES:
• Advocates say federal approval of the final piece of Enbridge’s Alberta Clipper pipeline represents a “quiet Keystone XL.” (InsideClimate News)
• Activists disrupt a hearing in Duluth, Minnesota over Enbridge’s plans to replace and expand its Line 3 pipeline. (Associated Press)
• Obstruction and disorderly conduct charges are dismissed against a photojournalist covering the Dakota Access pipeline protest last year. (Associated Press)

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Trump directs EPA to table plans to weaken biofuel mandate

SOLAR: Cities in Nebraska and Ohio are among a growing number to approve “plug and play” solar devices that make it easier and less costly to install solar panels at homes. (Midwest Energy News)

BIOFUELS:
• President Trump has reportedly directed the U.S. EPA to table plans that would weaken federal biofuel mandates, apparently in response to pressure from top lawmakers from Iowa. (Bloomberg)
• A county in northeast South Dakota looks to use a 30 percent ethanol blend in its vehicle fleet to save money on fuel. (Watertown Public Opinion)

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Iowa senator would stall EPA nominees if Renewable Fuel Standard scaled back

SOLAR: While opposed by many companies within the U.S. solar industry, proposed tariffs on imported crystalline silicon solar cells could create opportunity for one Ohio manufacturer. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• There is a gap developing between community solar projects that are ready to be built in Illinois under new energy laws and how those programs will be implemented. (PV Magazine)
• The mayor of Bloomington, Indiana discusses plans to increase the city’s usage of solar to power more than two dozen facilities. (Indiana Daily Student)

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