North Dakota oil industry fails to meet flaring target

SOLAR: Federal researchers will plant pollinator-friendly habitat and other crops at three Minnesota solar farms. (Midwest Energy News)

• A Wisconsin county moves forward with a plan to install solar arrays at two government buildings. (Capital Times)
• Solar panels being installed on the Minnesota Senate building will generate up to 12 percent of the building’s electricity needs. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A solar developer submits plans to county zoning authorities for a 2 MW solar facility in rural Peoria. (Peoria Journal Star)
• A regional solar initiative in Indiana may have reached a tipping point after a five-fold increase in residential installations. (Elkhart Truth)

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Republican tax bill has mixed consequences for energy

NOTE TO READERS: U.S. Energy News is taking a break for the holidays, the daily digest will return on Tuesday, January 2. Also, donations through Dec. 31 will be doubled via the NewsMatch program, click here to contribute. Thanks for reading! TAX REFORM: The Republican tax bill headed for President Trump’s signature will take effect January 1 and has mixed consequences for energy, with benefits for utilities, oil companies and electric vehicles.

Grid reliability study undermines Perry’s push for coal and nuclear plants

GRID: A long-term reliability assessment by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation undermines Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s claims about the importance of saving existing coal and nuclear plants. (Vox)

ALSO: After an 11-hour blackout delayed thousands of flights Sunday at the Atlanta airport, Georgia Power’s CEO stressed that the outage and its troubled Vogtle nuclear plant are “separate issues” as regulators prepare to decide the project’s fate. (Wall Street Journal)

UTILITIES: Minnesota-based Xcel Energy will leave the New York Stock Exchange later this month to begin trading on the Nasdaq market “as the company embraces technology and innovation.” (New York Business Journal) 

• As wind farms face strong opposition in Maryland, much of the state’s renewable energy incentives are going to waste-to-energy projects that advocates say have questionable benefits. (Baltimore Sun)
• Chicago-based Invenergy files plans for a 250 MW wind project in central Illinois that it hopes to start building next year. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

BUILDINGS: Chicago’s chief sustainability officer is at the center of several of the city’s clean energy initiatives, including a major push toward building efficiency. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES: The Nebraska Public Service Commission unanimously rejects TransCanada’s request to amend its application for a route across the state, which is expected to further delay the project. (Omaha World-Herald)

• UPS plans to buy 125 Tesla all-electric semi-trucks, the largest known pre-order so far for the big rigs.