Ameren Missouri unveils $6.3 billion grid plan

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Despite widespread agreement on the need for more electric vehicle charging stations in Illinois, unresolved questions remain over who should own and profit from them. (Energy News Network)

GRID:
• Ameren Missouri unveils a five-year, $6.3 billion grid modernization proposal. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• More than a dozen utilities and state agencies criticize grid operator PJM for rebuffing changes that would increase transparency around transmission projects. (RTO Insider)

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Poll: Conservative Ohio voters back renewables over coal, nuclear

EFFICIENCY: Minneapolis is expected to adopt a residential energy disclosure ordinance offering homeowners and renters more information about energy costs before they buy a home or sign a lease. (Energy News Network)

NATURAL GAS: Gas utilities face limitations on the availability of renewable natural gas and competition from other sectors that want to use it. (Energy News Network)

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RENEWABLES: Politically conservative voters in Ohio strongly favor renewable energy over coal and nuclear, according to a new poll by the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

SOLAR:
• Solar advocates in Michigan push back against Consumers Energy’s request to delay interconnection requests for solar projects amid an unprecedented backlog.

Minnesota governor to continue appeal against Line 3 pipeline

NUCLEAR: Watchdog groups say a proposed nuclear fuel plant in Ohio would cross a potentially dangerous line by combining the capability to produce material for use in power plants and nuclear weapons. (Energy News Network)

OVERSIGHT: The lawyer nominated to chair the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio would face requests to recuse himself from matters related to former clients, clean energy groups say. (Energy News Network)

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PIPELINES:
• Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz will continue a court appeal started by his predecessor that could block Line 3 replacement plans. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• North Dakota will sue the federal government in an attempt to recoup $38 million it spent policing Dakota Access pipeline protests.

Midwest solar jobs increase amid overall industry decline

SOLAR: Advocates largely blame last year’s 3.2 percent drop in national solar employment on President Trump’s tariffs, though most Midwestern states saw job growth. (Grist, InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
•A northern Minnesota community group is wary of the sudden involvement of its municipal utility’s power wholesaler in a community solar-plus-storage project. (Energy News Network)
• Local officials in northern Illinois allow two proposed solar projects to qualify for state credits. (DeKalb Daily Chronicle)

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COAL:
• A Wisconsin senator says We Energies should invest more to limit mercury outputs into Lake Michigan from one of its coal plants.

Oil-by-rail spike worries local officials in Minnesota

SOLAR: Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act provides funding for solar jobs training at community colleges and in low-income communities. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Environmental groups side with Wisconsin utilities supporting major investments in solar, though state regulators and ratepayer advocates are skeptical of projects’ payoff. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Advocates plan to launch a solar group-buying program in northern Iowa. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)
• A northeastern Nebraska county adopts local zoning regulations for solar projects. (Norfolk Daily News)

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