State regulators pull funding for planned Minneapolis hydro project

SOLAR: Plans for Ohio’s largest solar project are entangled in a lawsuit before the state Supreme Court involving subsidies for two 1950s-era coal plants. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Plans move forward for a pair of 2 MW community solar projects west of Chicago, while a nearby county board approves six projects. (DeKalb Daily Chronicle, Daily Southtown)
• A vote is delayed on a solar project in Toledo, Ohio, that critics say is driven by a labor dispute over who would get to build it. (Toledo Blade)

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Missouri court opens new path for funding EV infrastructure

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Missouri appeals court overturns regulators and says utilities should be allowed to include electric vehicle charging stations in their rate bases. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: Ford plans to spend $740 million to redevelop property in Detroit that will be used in part for electric vehicle development. (WXYZ)

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PIPELINES: A federal judge orders an environmental review of the revised Keystone XL pipeline route, potentially delaying the project.

Michigan utility approves 100 percent renewable goal by 2040

RENEWABLES: A northern Michigan utility is the first in the state to set a 100 percent renewable energy goal, to be met by 2040. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

WIND:
• Officials in two Missouri counties say they plan to deny permits to the Grain Belt Express wind transmission project despite a state Supreme Court ruling limiting their ability to do so. (Energy News Network)
• A North Dakota lawmaker looks to change how wind energy tax revenue is distributed so a portion would go to the state. (Bismarck Tribune)

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Advocates: Midwest utilities could make stronger push for renewables

RENEWABLES: Midwest utilities are transitioning from coal while promising more renewables, but some advocates say the efforts are underwhelming. (Greentech Media)

COAL:
• Coal mines, including several in Illinois and Indiana, account for about one-tenth of U.S. methane pollution, an investigation finds. (Climate Home)
• Indiana’s consumer counsel criticizes Vectren’s plan to retire most of its coal generation and replace it with an 850 MW natural gas plant in 2023. (Platts)

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