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Ohio ruling expected to lower net metering credits for customers

COAL: Dynegy and advocacy groups disagree over whether legislation being considered by Illinois lawmakers constitutes a bailout for the company’s downstate coal plants. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• A ruling by Ohio utility regulators is likely to shrink the amount ratepayers are credited for sending excess electricity back to the grid through net metering. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Duke Energy provides a $14,600 grant for solar panels to be installed at a group home for disabled residents in Bloomington, Indiana. (Indiana Daily Student)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A northern Michigan advocacy group has big ambitions for building the state’s new energy infrastructure with a focus on local clean energy efforts. (Midwest Energy News)

FRACKING: After a company returns the first fracking permit issued in Illinois by claiming regulations were too burdensome, a newspaper says “a potential boon to the state’s rural economy has been dashed.” (Southern Illinoisan)

UTILITIES: The executive vice president of Ohio-based American Electric Power discusses the utility’s shift from coal to renewables. (Greentech Media)

BIOFUELS: Federal investigators issue subpoenas for information on investor Carl Icahn’s efforts to change biofuel policy while serving as an adviser to President Trump. (Bloomberg)

RENEWABLES: Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp is ordering more wind and solar power through Xcel Energy’s “Renewable Connect” program. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

CLIMATE: President Trump’s pick to be his top environmental adviser says she is unconvinced by a new government report detailing humans’ impact on climate change. (Associated Press)

WIND:
• Supporters and opponents make their cases at a public hearing on the first offshore wind project in Lake Erie near Cleveland. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• A 139-turbine wind project near Decatur, Illinois is expected to be operational by the end of the year. (Decatur Herald & Review)

POLICY:
• A breakdown of how the U.S. House tax bill could affect renewables, electric vehicles and utilities. (Greentech Media)
• President Trump’s nominee for deputy EPA administrator says he was present for discussions on crafting the Department of Energy’s cost recovery proposal for coal and nuclear plants as a lobbyist for Murray Energy. (Utility Dive)
• A Peabody Energy lobbyist provided input on a Department of Energy study on how to help coal-fired power plants. (Bloomberg)

OIL AND GAS: The North Dakota Attorney General’s Office is seeking to delay a court case involving an oil and gas mineral ownership dispute along the Missouri River. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• As debates play out in multiple Midwest states over who should build and profit from electric vehicle infrastructure, a Forbes columnist says “it does not seem fair to use ratepayer dollars to pay for this infrastructure.”
• The Environmental Defense Fund opposes subsidies for FirstEnergy’s uneconomic nuclear plants in Ohio, saying they “will only delay the transition to a cleaner energy future.”

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