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Ameren Missouri plans $1 billion wind energy investment by 2020

WIND:
• Ameren Missouri announces a plan to spend $1 billion on wind turbines in Missouri and neighboring states by 2020, adding 700 megawatts of generation. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• A dispute between a wind developer and an Iowa utility is part of a widespread debate over utility payments to independent producers under the 1978 Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act, or PURPA. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: With roughly 85 coal ash storage pits around the state, Indiana regulators are grappling with ways to stop the toxic material from leaching into groundwater. (Indianapolis Star)

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NUCLEAR: Michigan regulators approve a plan that moves a nuclear plant in the southwest portion of the state closer to retirement. (WMUK)

SOLAR: A 1 megawatt solar project in northern Michigan is nearly complete and will supply power for a nearby municipal utility. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

PIPELINES:
• Questions remain about whether an expansion of Enbridge’s Line 3 through northern Minnesota is necessary. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A bulk of the $43 million North Dakota has had to borrow to pay for Dakota Access pipeline policing will likely have to be repaid by state taxpayers. (Associated Press)

GRID: Stakeholders envision more than 30 gigawatts of distributed generation, demand response and energy efficiency coming into MISO’s grid territory by 2030. (RTO Insider)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The transit agency serving Minneapolis-St. Paul receives a $1.75 million federal grant to purchase six electric buses by 2019. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

BIOFUELS: U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota is co-sponsoring legislation that would extend waivers for ethanol-gasoline blends greater than 10 percent. (Forum News Service)

CLIMATE: The U.S. EPA’s moves to rescind the Clean Power Plan will likely show how the Trump administration plans to “recalculate climate change benefits and public health impacts more broadly when it’s chopping down Obama-era rules.” (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
• An advocate says three opportunities exist for utilities to avoid a “death spiral” — redesigned regulations and business models, electric vehicles, and grid modernization. (Forbes)
• An editorial says Indiana “would be wise” to join other states that are making commitments on renewable energy to lure major companies. (Indianapolis Star)

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