Minnesota incentive to boost residential customers in community solar

SOLAR: Minnesota utility regulators approve an incentive to encourage more residential participation in community solar projects, though not at the level advocates wanted. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

ALSO:
• Minnesota developers say changes to an Xcel Energy incentive program that increases the limit on project sizes could discourage businesses from installing larger solar systems. (Energy News Network)
• Vectren and consumer advocates agree on a lower rate structure for a planned 50 MW solar project in southern Indiana that previously divided advocates. (Evansville Courier & Press, Energy News Network archive)

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MICROGRIDS: Customers are increasingly interested in behind-the-meter microgrids in the Midwest for sustainability, reliability, and economic benefits. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• Southern Power is building a 200 MW wind project in Kansas that will be the company’s first carbon offset project.

U.N. report underscores need for clean energy in Wisconsin, officials say

CORRECTION: An article linked in yesterday’s digest incorrectly stated that Minnesota was halfway to meeting its emissions reduction goal. The report cited in the article was specifically for state government facilities. CLIMATE: Local officials in Wisconsin say the latest United Nations report on climate change underscores the need for local action on clean energy. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

NUCLEAR: Environmental groups file a federal complaint against a Michigan agency for allowing a nuclear plant to discharge waste into Lake Erie under an expired permit. (Monroe News)

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Oil, environmental groups oppose Trump ethanol plan

BIOFUELS: Corn and ethanol producers praise the Trump administration for allowing year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, while oil industry and environmental groups oppose the new rule. (Radio Iowa, The Hill)

ALSO:
• Despite bipartisan support for his plan, President Trump claims at a political rally in Council Bluffs that Democrats will “take away your ethanol.” (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Officials are investigating the cause of an explosion at a Wisconsin ethanol plant. (Associated Press)

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SOLAR:
• Minnesota regulators are expected to decide this week on a bonus payment to new residential community solar subscribers, who have largely been left out as developers have focused on larger customers. (Energy News Network)
• Southern Illinois officials delay a vote on a controversial proposed solar project at a former wood treatment facility.

Ohio coal plant closing ahead of schedule due to market challenges

INDIANA: Advocacy groups call for the complete overhaul of a draft report intended to chart Indiana’s energy future, saying it uncritically endorses utilities’ pursuit of natural gas. (Energy News Network)

COAL:
• A central Ohio coal plant is closing two years ahead of schedule in 2020 as it fails to compete on the wholesale market. (Coshocton Tribune)
• Wind and solar energy is straining the equipment at a 1,365 MW coal plant in Nebraska by causing it to ramp up and down more frequently. (Bloomberg)

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UTILITIES:
• Kansas City Power & Light’s plan to return federal tax savings to customers also includes measures to encourage renewable energy purchases, community solar and reduce energy usage.