Daily Digest

Owners of distributed generation projects in Minnesota to see sales tax refund

POLICY:
• A federal proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear power over other forms of electricity has created unusual alliances in Ohio among energy companies, state agencies and other groups who oppose the plan. (Midwest Energy News)
• Grid operator PJM and two clean energy groups estimate the cost of the Department of Energy’s plan could range from $300 million to more than $32 billion. (RTO Insider)

MINNESOTA: State officials will issue refunds to property owners with distributed generation projects for sales tax that was incorrectly collected by utilities. (West Central Tribune)

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SOLAR:
• Two nonprofits are eyeing Minnesota in their efforts to expand solar bulk-buying programs aimed at reducing installation costs for consumers. (Midwest Energy News)
• The U.S. International Trade Commission is expected to issue recommendations today on various types of trade remedies to support domestic solar panel manufacturers that have been harmed by cheap imports. (Reuters)
• Some local officials in Minnesota are wary of community solar development, concerned that local units of government would have unforeseen costs. (KMSP)
• A community solar project at Western Michigan University is also being used as an educational tool for nearby communities. (Sturgis Journal)
• A high school in central Illinois looks to cover 75 percent of its rooftop with solar panels. (WRSP)

WIND: MidAmerican Energy is constructing a 170-turbine wind project in Iowa as it moves toward a goal of generating 100 percent of its electricity from wind. (WHO-TV)

COAL:
• With help from Consumers Energy, the site of a former coal plant in west Michigan will be repurposed to expand the region’s food processing and shipping industry. (MLive)
• Officials say there are more than 200 coal mining positions open in areas of Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. (WFIE)

GRID: Stakeholders within PJM’s grid territory raise concerns over how integrating the Ohio Valley Electric Corp. would affect existing members. (RTO Insider)

COMMENTARY:
• Researchers say the shale boom created a new source of “large-scale, diffuse” hydrocarbon emissions “in areas generally without any air pollutant monitoring, making estimates of trends difficult.” (The Conversation)
• The Environmental Law and Policy Center says Illinois cities can lead on clean energy policy if the federal government won’t. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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