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South Dakota wind turbine manufacturing plant to close

ILLINOIS: The Illinois Commerce Commission is hosting a meeting today with officials and advocates to debate the impacts of more distributed generation on the grid, as well as support for struggling downstate coal plants. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND:
• A plant in South Dakota that manufactures wind turbines and employs 409 is closing. (Aberdeen American News)
• NextEra Energy looks to build a 156 MW wind project in Michigan’s Thumb region, which would be the company’s fourth in the state. (MLive)

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POLICY:
• One year after the Future Energy Jobs Act was passed in Illinois, supporters celebrate the impact it is already having on clean energy investment. (Peoria Journal Star)
• The Illinois Power Agency issues the final version of its long-term plan for renewable energy procurement as well as operating the state’s Solar for All program. (Utility Dive)
• Two separate lobbying efforts are underway in Congress to create multi-billion-dollar tax credits that would benefit “virtually all” U.S. coal and nuclear plants. (Axios)

SOLAR:
•  DeKalb and Boone counties in Illinois just west of Chicago begin work on ordinances to regulate utility-scale solar projects. (DeKalb Daily Chronicle, WIFR)
• An Indiana school district anticipates long-term savings as it brings online two solar projects. (WISH-TV)
• More than 60 witnesses from the solar industry testify before a U.S. trade panel over whether the Trump administration should adopt tariffs, or some alternative, on imported panels. (Greentech Media)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The U.S. EPA will hold a second round of hearings on repealing the Clean Power Plan, including one in Kansas City. (Associated Press)

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EFFICIENCY: Federal regulators ruled this month that states can’t block energy efficiency from competing in regional electricity markets. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• The Environmental Defense Fund says Ohio utilities’ attempt to re-regulate the state electric market is a “step backward.” (Columbus Dispatch)
• An advocacy group says the organization leading a campaign in support of the Line 3 pipeline project in Minnesota is backed by out-of-state fossil fuel interests. (Public Accountability Initiative)
• A Michigan-based official with the Christian Coalition says renewable energy is now “about independence.” (Port Huron Times Herald)

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