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Chicago looks to power hundreds of government buildings with renewables

RENEWABLES: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposes a plan to power more than 900 government buildings in the city on renewable energy by 2025. (CBS Chicago)

STORAGE: ComEd says its pilot energy storage project in a neighborhood about 40 miles south of Chicago will be the first of its kind in Illinois. (Midwest Energy News)

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PIPELINES: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he’d veto a bill that would allow Enbridge to bypass state regulators and build a replacement for the aging Line 3 pipeline. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR:
• Ohio is among multiple states where major energy companies are pressing state lawmakers for financial support for struggling nuclear plants. (Associated Press)
• The closing of a nuclear plant leads one eastern Wisconsin county to increase the local sales tax by a half percent to replace lost revenue. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

SOLAR: A growing number of Minnesota breweries are turning to solar power. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

OIL AND GAS: Analysts say a wave of new natural gas plants planned in the PJM market will lower wholesale power prices and cause further stress on coal plants. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES: Two utilities operating in Wisconsin say President Trump’s efforts to roll back Obama-era clean energy policies will not stop their pursuit for more renewables and energy efficiency. (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram)

BIOFUELS: The first garbage-to-ethanol plant in the U.S. has been proposed in Minnesota near Minneapolis-St. Paul. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• U.S. automakers are concerned about the potential drop in sales if a $7,500 federal tax credit for buying a plug-in vehicle expires. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Ford Motor Co. says it will begin offering a fuel-efficient gas-electric hybrid version of police cars. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• An Illinois congressman says fossil fuels remain an economic driver in the U.S. (Southern Illinoisan)
• A Cleveland-based collaborative looks to bring diversity and inclusion to the region’s clean energy sector. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• A Minnesota consumer advocacy group says a recent newspaper editorial “incorrectly implied that renewable energy is more expensive for Minnesota Power than other energy options.” (Duluth News Tribune)

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