Columbus ranks highest among Ohio cities for energy efficiency

PIPELINES: Advocates and state officials are concerned that recently documented spills of drilling mud along the new Rover gas pipeline in Ohio suggest a larger problem where incidents may be going undetected. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: 
• Advocates say the Dakota Access pipeline is set to be transporting oil without a proper spill-response plan in place where it crosses the Missouri River. (InsideClimate News)
• State regulators will hold hearings this summer on a planned replacement and expansion of an outdated pipeline carrying gasoline and diesel fuel from Montana to North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

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Federal regulators curtail work on Rover gas pipeline after leaks

WIND: After voters in areas of Michigan with the most wind development to date rejected additional projects last week, developers are regrouping and remain uncertain about future plans there. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• A housing project in Illinois for adults with physical disabilities is selected for a shared solar project that will expand access to clean energy while lowering electric bills. (Midwest Energy News)
• Starting today, customers can order Tesla’s solar roof tiles and installations are expected to start in the U.S. next month. (Associated Press)
• Solar installations begin this week at five Illinois schools as part of a $5.27 million project. (Patch)

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Opponents, supporters weigh in on FirstEnergy’s plan for nuclear subsidies

POLICY: Minnesota clean energy advocates are concerned about provisions in an omnibus energy bill that would remove regulatory oversight of programs, shift power from experts to legislators and potentially kills jobs in the growing sector. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL:
• A Democratic pro-coal group says rolling back regulations and ignoring climate change will do little to help the industry. (Midwest Energy News)
• American Electric Power and Dynegy complete the transfer of their stakes in a pair of Ohio coal-fired plants as part of AEP’s strategic review of its merchant assets. (RTO Insider)

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Ohio EPA fines ‘dismissive’ developer over gas pipeline spills

WIND: A new partnership looks to develop community wind projects in Minnesota, an investment option modeled off community solar. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL AND GAS:
• Ohio officials fine Energy Transfer Partners — the same company building the Dakota Access pipeline — $430,000 for 18 air and water pollution violations related to its Rover gas pipeline project. (Columbus Dispatch)
• The director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says the company’s response to concerns about the spills has been “dismissive” and “exceptionally disappointing.” (Washington Post)

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Minnesota officials release new data on the state’s growing solar industry

REGULATION: Following a two-year study on how to transform utility regulation in Minnesota, clean energy groups are now closely involved with pilot projects that begin to implement some of those changes envisioned. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• Minnesota officials release new data on the growth of the state’s solar sector, which now employs nearly 4,000 people and added more than 200 megawatts in the first quarter of 2017. (WCCO)
• Construction on a 4-megawatt solar project at the site of a former landfill near Cleveland is expected to start in September. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• A new solar installation will completely offset an Iowa county park’s electricity consumption. (WHO-TV)
• Officials unveil a new 5-megawatt solar project in Indiana.

Xcel Energy community solar projects in Wisconsin coming online later this year

SUSTAINABILITY: Stakeholders from a variety of sectors are developing the best ways to restore pollinator habitats along rights-of-way, including along transmission routes. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• After permitting delays, Xcel Energy says two community solar projects in Wisconsin will be online later this year. (LaCrosse Tribune)
• Ameren Missouri looks to build a one-megawatt solar project near the St. Louis airport. (St.

Industry group raises concerns about AEP’s plan for electric vehicle charging stations

RENEWABLES:
• Developers in Iowa are rushing to complete large renewable energy projects by the end of the year before a key state tax credit expires. (Midwest Energy News)
• Northern Michigan farmers are increasingly relying on solar, geothermal and wind energy to power their operations. (Petoskey News-Review)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A national trade group raises concerns about AEP’s plan to develop electric vehicle charging stations in Ohio, saying the utility would be able to control the market. (Columbus Business First)

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Indiana governor signs bill to phase out net metering

SOLAR: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signs a bill that phases out the state’s net metering program, sparking concern among the solar industry and advocates. (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, PV Magazine)

WIND:
• Voters in Michigan’s “Thumb” region reject plans for more utility-scale wind development, causing uncertainty over future projects there. (Huron Daily Tribune)
• The U.S. wind industry reported the largest number of first-quarter installations in eight years. (Reuters)

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Iowa’s largest utility pursues 100 percent renewable generation

RENEWABLES: A $3.6 billion wind energy investment is helping Iowa’s largest utility towards a goal of producing 100 percent of its energy from renewables. (Associated Press)

SMART GRID: Why rural electric cooperatives are uniquely positioned to help lead the transition to a smarter grid by being flexible and ready to try new technologies. (Midwest Energy News)

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Michigan solar installers share optimistic outlook after year of uncertainty

GEOTHERMAL: A planned $70 million infrastructure upgrade at Michigan’s capitol building could include a geothermal system for heating and cooling. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• Installers in Iowa are encouraging residents to move forward with solar projects ahead of Alliant Energy’s anticipated changes to net metering compensation. (Midwest Energy News)
• After a year of uncertainty over potential net metering changes in Michigan, solar installers share an optimistic outlook over the state’s work in determining a fair cost of service. (MiBiz)
• A Minnesota solar installation shows pairing native plants with solar arrays “is a win-win.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A longtime Duke Energy employee installs solar panels on his Indiana home. (Terre Haute Tribune Star)

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