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Tariffs could add to solar uncertainty in Indiana as net metering is phased out

OHIO: Members of the Cleveland chapter of the NAACP are at odds over whether the group should support a Department of Energy plan that would benefit FirstEnergy’s coal and nuclear plants. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• In an exclusive neighborhood in Carmel, Indiana, nearby property owners are upset over the size of a resident’s solar installation. (Indianapolis Star)
• Workers complete the last of three community solar gardens undertaken in the past year in a western Minnesota county. (West Central Tribune)
• As Indiana phases out net metering, the state’s solar industry could be further destabilized by tariffs on imported panels. (Indianapolis Star)
• Solar generation from net metering customers and utility-scale projects is expected to have increased in Michigan in 2017, though policy changes on the horizon make the outlook more uncertain. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

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GRID:
• A variety of stakeholders are planning for changes to Minnesota’s electric grid as more clean energy comes online. (Finance & Commerce)
• A utility official in Columbia, Missouri says more study is needed on transmission upgrades as demand is not meeting projections from a decade ago. (Columbia Daily Tribune)

RENEWABLES:
• Ann Arbor becomes the latest Michigan city to adopt a goal for powering city operations on renewable energy: 100 percent by 2035 or sooner. (MLive)
• Cleveland’s chief of sustainability says solar and offshore wind could play key roles in the city’s clean energy future. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

WIND:
• Industry leaders say wind energy is having an overall positive impact on North Dakota’s landowners and economy. (Devils Lake Journal)
• More public hearings are planned for a potential 100-turbine wind project in central Illinois. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
• Observers say wind energy is poised for further growth in northwest Missouri. (St. Joseph News-Press)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Another lawsuit filed is the 11th against a waste-to-energy facility in northeast Nebraska over problems related to odors and gases. (Sioux City Journal)

DEMAND RESPONSE: Largely due to new capacity performance rules in the PJM market, a new analysis shows demand response played a smaller role in wholesale markets in 2016. (Utility Dive)

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UTILITIES: American Electric Power in Ohio is proposing an additional public hearing on a rate plan filed with state regulators after the company acknowledged an oversight in publishing previous legal notices. (Columbus Dispatch)

COMMENTARY: The Wisconsin State Journal editorial board says “the country will be better for the decision” by the Trump administration to renew for two more years federal biofuel blending requirements.

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