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Indiana nonprofit struggles to keep up with solar demand

SOLAR: Illinois utilities begin implementing plans for community solar as required under a new state energy law, which allows them to make more money on these and other projects. (Midwest Energy News, Utility Dive)

ALSO:
• An Indiana solar assistance project is unable to meet demand for projects ahead of net metering changes next year. (Indiana Public Media)
• Three schools in central Wisconsin are installing solar panels. (WSAW)
• An Ohio dairy farmer hopes solar panels can help him save money. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• Solar developers are suspending construction as they face the looming threat of U.S. import tariffs. (Bloomberg)

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GRID:
• A conference in Minnesota this week will explore the Midwest’s growing potential for energy storage. (Midwest Energy News)
• A Michigan National Guard base will be home to a microgrid demonstration project. (MLive)

EFFICIENCY:
• Environmental groups say they will appeal a ruling allowing an Illinois utility to lower its efficiency targets. (Tristates Public Radio)
• Schools in Duluth, Minnesota have improved their energy efficiency but their performance falls far short of projections. (Duluth News Tribune)

UTILITIES:
• Michigan regulators are expected to decide tomorrow whether to require entities that sell electricity in the state’s deregulated market to buy or generate in-state power. (Crain’s Detroit Business, subscription)
• Ohio lawmakers discuss a bill to regulate submeter companies, which resell electricity in multi-family buildings. (Columbus Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators say a coolant leak at a Michigan nuclear plant does not pose a safety concern. (MLive)

WIND: Plans for a proposed North Dakota wind farm are modified to accommodate wildlife concerns. (Jamestown Sun)

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BIOENERGY: A Michigan biodigester, capable of producing enough electricity to power 2,500 homes, is expected to reopen this year under new ownership after a two-year closure. (MLive)

COMMENTARY: A Wisconsin physician says a proposed fee on electric cars is bad policy. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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