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Clean energy groups divided over Iowa-Wisconsin transmission project

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The transit agency serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro commits to adding up to 125 electric buses over the next four years, with a full phase out of diesel buses possible after that. (Energy News Network)

GRID: Clean energy groups are divided over a planned $500 million transmission line between Iowa and Wisconsin that could improve clean energy connections, though critics say alternatives aren’t being adequately considered. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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NATURAL GAS: Michigan’s two largest utilities ramp up spending on natural gas distribution totaling billions of dollars in the coming years. (Energy News Network)

• Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder plan to move swiftly in the next three weeks to secure a deal to tunnel Line 5 beneath the Straits of Mackinac. (Detroit News)
• Enbridge still faces multiple government and legal hurdles before construction begins on replacing Line 3 in northern Minnesota. (MinnPost)
• Four tribes seek to challenge a recent finding by the federal government that a spill on the Dakota Access pipeline wouldn’t greatly impact tribal residents. (Associated Press)

WIND: A southeastern Michigan township is on track to approve regulations for siting wind projects. (Tri-County Times)

• University of Illinois officials say a planned 55-acre solar project will make it among the top U.S. universities for solar power. (Champaign News-Gazette)
• County officials in southwestern Illinois advance plans for three solar projects. (Alton Telegraph)

• Incoming members of the Omaha Public Power District say they can achieve higher clean energy targets while keeping electric rates low. (Omaha World-Herald)
• An online tool helps users determine how much wind and solar power is being generated locally at any given time. (Climate Central)
• Dozens of groups form a coalition to push Chicago to a 100 percent renewable energy goal. (North American Windpower)
• More than 100 U.S. cities have now committed to running on 100 percent renewable energy, according to the Sierra Club. (Energy Manager Today)

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OIL AND GAS: The U.S. Forest Service considers updates to its policy on oil and gas leasing in national grassland in western North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY: A Forbes writer says the rural Midwest is transitioning to renewable energy despite a lack of climate action from the Trump administration.

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