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Analysts: State renewable portfolio standards still driving investment

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Chicago looks to increase the size of its electric bus fleet, potentially doubling a planned expansion if funding is available. (Midwest Energy News)

• In states like Illinois and Michigan, renewable portfolio standards are still a valuable tool in driving investment despite declining costs in the sector. (Utility Dive)
• Advocates say uncertainty over tax credits could hurt state funding for wind and solar projects in Iowa. (KIOW)
• Some independent, renewable power producers in northern Michigan could see the rates they’re paid by a utility cut in half after a recent ruling by state regulators. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

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HYDROELECTRIC: Power generation from dams on the Missouri River in multiple Great Plains states increased 23 percent in 2017. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: State lawmakers in Michigan are split over whether Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline should be closed in the Straits of Mackinac. (WWMT)

• A federal appeals court panel delivers “harsh questioning” to supporters of Illinois’ zero-emissions credits law that provides financial support for nuclear plants. (RTO Insider)
• The operator of a southeast Michigan nuclear plant finds a “suspected minor defect” in a fuel assembly in the reactor but that it remains in safe and stable condition. (Monroe News)

• A large residential solar installation in Carmel, Indiana that has drawn criticism from nearby residents is meant to offset all of the home’s energy use. (Indianapolis Star)
• The new federal tax plan could give a boost to commercial solar installations by reducing the corporate tax rate and expanding depreciation allowances. (Greentech Media)
• A new long-term solar contract will help a Missouri city reach its renewable energy goals. (Columbia Daily Tribune)

GRID: Officials at a Wisconsin school say a proposed transmission line nearby would have negative health impacts on students. (WISC-TV)

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COAL: A St. Louis-based coal producer looks to permanently seal part of an inactive mine in Illinois that has been the source of a smoldering underground fire and carbon monoxide since 2014. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

COMMENTARY: A clean energy advocate says environmentalists’ message on climate change should also include components of religion and literature. (Midwest Energy News)

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