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Cincinnati looks to build largest municipal solar array in U.S.

BIOMASS: Xcel Energy’s plan to close two biomass plants in Minnesota, which together make up half of the state’s biomass generation, could be a turning point for the industry there, particularly as renewable energy prices drop. (Midwest Energy News)

EFFICIENCY: Minnesota once again leads the Midwest in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, followed closely by Michigan and Illinois. (Midwest Energy News)

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• Cincinnati officials want to build the country’s largest municipal solar array, which would cover up to 150 acres of city property. (WLWT)
• An Illinois electric cooperative will begin offering a community solar program to members. (Journal Gazette & Times Courier)
• A 22,000-panel community solar project in central Nebraska is now available for participants. (Nebraska TV)

WIND: Developers of the Grain Belt Express wind transmission project, which was rejected recently by state regulators, take their case to the Missouri Court of Appeals. (Hannibal Courier-Post)

• The Dakota Access pipeline developer gives North Dakota $15 million to help cover the costs of law enforcement related to protests during construction. (Associated Press)
• Dave Archambault, the leader of the Standing Rock Sioux who represented the tribe during pipeline protests, is voted out of office. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: Local officials and employees at a southwest Michigan nuclear plant are “ecstatic” that it will continue operating until spring 2022 instead of closing next year. (MLive)

RENEWABLES: Grid operator MISO will conduct a multi-year evaluation of how increasing levels of renewables installed affect the grid. (RTO Insider)

• Responding to a request from Michigan regulators, Consumers Energy will more frequently inspect copper natural gas lines that are more prone to leaks. (Associated Press)
• Protesters gather in Minnesota’s capital city to oppose an expansion plan for Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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POLITICS: A gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota with a strong clean energy and climate platform could be part of a growing trend among candidates. (The Guardian)

CLEAN ENERGY: The 15th annual Green Energy Ohio Tour aims to showcase renewable energy installations around the state and “empower Ohioans to embrace clean energy.” (Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune)

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