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Confidential memo suggests White House fulfilling Ohio coal baron’s wish list

• The Trump administration appears to be following through on several sweeping requests from the CEO of Ohio-based Murray Energy to bolster the coal industry. (New York Times)
• Murray also called federal regulators’ rejection this week of a Department of Energy plan to support coal and nuclear plants a “bureaucratic cop-out,” while utilities in Ohio consider next steps(Associated Press, WKSU)

CLEAN ENERGY: Minnesota’s clean energy and emission-reduction plans include expanding the state’s electric vehicle fleet, rehabbing state-owned buildings and adding solar panels to rooftops. (Midwest Energy News)

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• Local planners in an eastern Michigan county support extending a moratorium on wind energy development for another year. (Huron Daily News)
• A developer files a complaint with federal regulators claiming delays in interconnection studies by grid operator MISO risks billions of dollars in tax credits for wind projects. (E&E News, subscription)
• Residents argue for and against a proposed 250-megawatt wind project in central Illinois. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
• An Illinois town approves plans by Invenergy to construct four wind turbines that provide annual compensation to the city. (Pontiac Daily Leader)

SOLAR: A solar installation at an Indiana school district will produce long-term savings under a net metering contract. (WEHT)

• Multiple court cases involving coordinated pipeline protests in 2016 have been delayed as some prosecutors look to block the use of the “necessity defense.” (Associated Press)
• Minnesota regulators look to limit delays in the timeline the agency has planned to review the Line 3 replacement and expansion proposal. (Associated Press)

BIOENERGY: Two more landowners are suing a northeast Nebraska waste-to-energy facility over odors and gases from the plant, bringing the total number of lawsuits to 14. (Sioux City Journal)

EMISSIONS: Advocates say dismantling the federal Clean Power Plan could have negative impacts on air quality in southeast Michigan. (WEMU)

RENEWABLES: Bowling Green, Ohio leads the state in procuring energy from renewable sources. (BG Falcon Media)

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TRANSPORTATION: The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency finalizes rules for a program that provides grant funding for transitioning heavy vehicles to alternative fuels in order to reduce emissions. (NGT News)

COMMENTARY: A University of Michigan researcher says FERC’s decision to reject a plan to bolster coal and nuclear plants is “the kind of evidence-based policymaking that Americans should expect from the federal government.” (The Conversation)

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