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Advocates say residential solar threatened in Kansas under new rates

• Kansas regulators say utility customers who generate their own electricity can be charged higher rates to maintain the grid, a decision advocates say will have short-term harm on the state’s residential solar sector. (Lawrence Journal-World)
• The U.S. solar industry is roiled by the International Trade Commission’s ruling that imported panels have harmed U.S. manufacturers, leaving a decision on whether to impose tariffs to President Trump. (Washington Post)

• State senators in Ohio say bills to reduce the setback restrictions on wind turbines have enough support to pass — “then we’ll see what happens in the House.” (Midwest Energy News)
• As state lawmakers debate wind siting rules, some rural landowners are pitted against clean energy supporters over potential development. (Columbus Dispatch)
• A wind turbine technician training program at a southwest Michigan college remains an industry leader. (MLive)

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• Pipeline activists tie themselves to a flag pole at an Enbridge office in northern Minnesota. (Forum News Service)
• Protests are expected to continue this week as Minnesota regulators hold public hearings on Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 pipeline expansion through northern Minnesota. (WCCO)

MICROGRIDS: Ameren Illinois sees increasing potential for microgrids to “economically dispatch” renewable energy to the grid when it is cost effective. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

OIL AND GAS: A North Dakota utility is building a 21-mile pipeline to provide natural gas to a manufacturing facility in the southeast region of the state. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Madison, Wisconsin’s transit agency is awarded $1.3 million in federal funding to purchase three electric buses in 2019. (Wisconsin State Journal)

FRAC SAND: A judge dismisses a three-year-old lawsuit brought against a Wisconsin county by a sand mining company that was denied a permit for a frac sand operation. (LaCrosse Tribune)

CLIMATE: The first director of Dane County, Wisconsin’s Office of Energy and Climate Change discusses the approaches that will be taken to reduce carbon emissions. (Madison Capital Times)

UTILITIES: Grid pilot programs help keep the cost and risk of innovation low for utilities as more programs are being ordered by state regulators. (Utility Dive)

CLEAN TECH: An electrical engineer in Michigan designs a device that produces renewable energy through saturation vapor pressure. (Michigan Radio)

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RENEWABLES: A $1.1 million home for sale near Minneapolis is equipped with solar panels, geothermal pipes and various energy efficiency measures. (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)

• A Michigan-based economic analyst says the state’s business community needs to “get serious” about Line 5’s “threat to our economy, our tax base, and our quality of life.” (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• An editorial says Kansas regulators should take more time to consider rate structures for all customers as more install rooftop solar systems. (Lawrence Journal-World)

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