Minnesota lawmakers stall on clean energy policy

POLITICS: A bill to put Minnesota on a path to 100 percent clean energy by 2050 fails to pass in the Legislature along with several other clean energy proposals after end-of-session negotiations unravel. (Minnesota Public Radio)

SOLAR:
• Applications open for an Illinois program designed to make solar more accessible to people usually left out of the market. (Energy News Network)
• Wisconsin regulators deny a request to reconsider approval of the state’s first utility-scale solar farm. (State Journal)

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Nearly half of voters expect next car will be electric

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new poll shows almost half of voters, including a majority of Democrats, say their next car will be an electric vehicle. (Axios)

ALSO: The Trump administration’s plan to roll back vehicle emissions standards is more an inconvenience than it is a threat to states with ambitious electric vehicle goals like California and Colorado. (Forbes)

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EFFICIENCY: Dominion Energy needs to spend much more on energy efficiency programs in order to hit a state mandate in Virginia, advocates say. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Applications open for an Illinois program designed to make solar more accessible to people usually left out of the market.

Oregon adopts stricter rules for solar on farmland

SOLAR: An Oregon land commission approves new rules restricting commercial solar development on millions of acres of prime farmland, a move supported by some of the state’s winemakers. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

ALSO:
• Clean energy advocates say a utility’s plan to create a new charge for net-metering customers in Montana could kill the state’s burgeoning rooftop solar industry. (Associated Press)
• A Washington entrepreneur’s “solar rover” is helping to provide portable, clean energy to events throughout the Pacific Northwest. (Seattle Times)

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UTILITIES:
• Over the next five years, PG&E will bury distribution lines that serve the fire-ravaged community of Paradise and other nearby towns.

Massachusetts lawmakers urge do-over of pipeline permit

PIPELINES: A group of Massachusetts lawmakers say state environmental officials have lost public trust after an air permit was approved for a compressor station based on incomplete data, and the process should be restarted. (Patriot-Ledger)

BIOMASS: The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a revised plan to save the state’s biomass plants that must now go back to the House for consideration. (NHPR)

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NUCLEAR: With only eight days left before its final shutdown, the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts is operating at 41% capacity due to clogged filters. (Cape Cod Times)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Nearly eight in 10 trash incinerators are located in or near low-income communities, with two in the Philadelphia metropolitan area among the most toxic.

Florida utility starts building 10 new solar projects

EFFICIENCY: Dominion Energy needs to spend much more on energy efficiency programs in order to hit a state mandate in Virginia, advocates say. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Florida Power & Light starts construction on 10 solar projects that are expected to start generating power by 2020. (Herald Tribune)
• A Virginia county that recently voted down a utility-scale solar project meets with another developer about potentially building one. (Staunton News Leader)
• Solar panels are becoming a viable option for homes and businesses in Texas. (KRISTV)
• A South Carolina county approves five new solar projects that will bring 25 jobs to the area.