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Company breaks ground on $400 million Ohio solar manufacturing plant

SOLAR: First Solar breaks ground on a $400 million thin-film solar panel production facility in Ohio that will be the largest solar factory by capacity in the Western Hemisphere. (Toledo Blade)

• As independent solar developers look to build utility-scale projects in Michigan, the approval of a 1,100 MW natural gas plant may limit their opportunities. (Midwest Energy News)
• China’s decision to drastically cut solar subsidies will create a glut of panels and decrease prices worldwide, which would benefit U.S. installers, analysts say. (InsideClimate News)
• University of Michigan students unveil an off-the-grid building powered by solar-plus-storage. (MLive)

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• Critics of President Trump’s plan to bail out uneconomic coal and nuclear plants call it a form of “Trump socialism” that is about “favors and political paybacks.” (Toledo Blade)
• A natural gas pipeline group says the plan to help coal and nuclear plants is an attempt to “punish” the gas industry. (Utility Dive)

• A North Dakota agency’s effort to limit wind energy’s impact on wildlife draws opposition from the energy and agricultural sectors. (Bismarck Tribune)
• South Dakota regulators will require an outside party to field any complaints about a 120-turbine wind project. (Watertown Public Opinion)
• A county board in South Dakota rejects a change to the way turbine setback distances are applied. (Watertown Public Opinion)

OIL AND GAS: A rural Michigan community is divided over DTE Energy’s plan to build a 1,100 MW gas plant to replace coal units. (Detroit News)

FRAC SAND: A Wisconsin industrial sand mining operation looks to expand from 176 acres to more than 1,000 acres. (Chippewa Herald)

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FINANCE: Consumers Energy’s parent company has first-of-its-kind sustainability-linked loans available that allow it to reduce its interest rates by adding renewable energy. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY: Midwest utilities are shifting to renewable energy despite the federal government’s plan to prop up coal plants, analysts say. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

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  1. I can’t help but wonder if the North Dakota Game & Fish Department has EVER researched how fossil fuel extraction impacts.