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Community solar market expected to grow five-fold this year

SOLAR:
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Xcel Energy and some third-party developers have reached an agreement in the dispute over how large community solar projects can be under the utility’s Minnesota program. (Midwest Energy News)
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Researchers say community solar is at a “tipping point” in a new report, with the market expected to grow five-fold this year. (Greentech Media)

ALSO: A new report shows how net metering policies facilitate growth in distributed solar — and suggests why the Midwest is lagging. (Midwest Energy News)

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EFFICIENCY: A new study by the University of Chicago shows that projected savings from low-income household efficiency projects are much greater than are actually realized. (Associated Press)

OHIO:
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provision added to Ohio’s state budget would shift a generating plant’s property tax burden from the plant owner onto electric-delivery companies, which could then pass the costs on to ratepayers. (Columbus Dispatch)
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A FirstEnergy official confirms that a soon-to-be-retired coal plant will likely be replaced by an ethane processing plant for use by the chemical and plastics industries. (Columbus Business First)

REGULATION: A profile of Colette Honorable, the newest member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. (EnergyWire)

RENEWABLES: A new Bloomberg report shows that while renewables are projected to double worldwide by 2030, emissions are expected to rise till then. (ClimateWire)

CLIMATE: Ohio officials praise Pope Francis’ recent call for climate action and make the connection between climate change and Lake Erie algae problems. (Toledo Blade)

TRANSPARENCY: Records show that the University of Oklahoma sought $25 million from billionaire oilman Harold Hamm at the same time researchers at the school were formulating the state’s position on oil drilling and earthquakes. (EnergyWire)

MINING: Iron ore mining in Minnesota faces a challenging future as the market moves toward new technologies. (Minnesota Public Radio)

FRACKING: A federal judge grants a request by the industry and several states to halt new federal rules on fracking on public land. (Reuters)

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NUCLEAR: A tornado narrowly missed an Excelon nuclear plant in Illinois, but utility officials say no one was in danger. (CBS Chicago)

COMMENTARY: How fossil-fuel interests are systematically trying to kill the Clean Power Plan. (Desmog)

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