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Cleveland announces 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2050

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RENEWABLES: Cleveland announces a 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2050, though advocates say the plan lacks details. (InsideClimate News)

STORAGE: Amid an $800 million upgrade, the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant in western Michigan could play a bigger role on the grid as utilities use more variable renewables. (Energy News Network)

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EFFICIENCY: Plans by Iowa utilities would scale back energy efficiency programs to a “shell of what they used to be.” (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

BIOFUELS:
• A Wisconsin ethanol company denies allegations that its plant’s industrial wastewater is contaminating a village’s water treatment system. (Portage Daily Register)
• The Trump administration is expected to announce a plan to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher ethanol blends. (Bloomberg)
• The U.S. EPA plans to publicly share more data on biofuel-blending exemptions it grants to small refiners. (E&E News, subscription)

ADVOCACY: The head of the Minnesota-based Great Plains Institute discusses the nonprofit’s efforts to find common ground among various interest groups on clean energy. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

SOLAR: A Chicago-area racetrack considers plans to install a 30,000-panel solar project. (Joliet Herald-News)

COAL:
• Illinois regulators have yet to issue a decision on a rule that would allow Vistra Energy more leeway in operating dirtier, more profitable coal units. (E&E News, subscription)
• Environmental groups praise Indiana utility NIPSCO’s plan to retire its coal fleet in the next decade but also want more details on site clean up and job retraining. (La Porte County Herald-Argus, Times of Northwest Indiana)

WIND: South Dakota regulators will allow witnesses to testify by telephone or video conference for an upcoming hearing on a wind project. (Watertown Public Opinion)

TRANSPORTATION: The CEO of Ford says the company is in favor of keeping Obama-era fuel economy standards rather than rolling them back. (E&E News, subscription)

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OIL AND GAS: A University of Michigan professor discusses the nuances and misconceptions of hydraulic fracturing. (Michigan Radio)

COMMENTARY: A columnist says renewable energy plays a key role in Minnesota for driving corporate interest in combating climate change. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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