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Eminent domain bills advance in Iowa legislature

SOLAR: Minnesota’s largest utility says it will limit the number of community solar projects at a single site, which advocates say is in defiance of state regulators’ earlier rulings. (Midwest Energy News)

INFRASTRUCTURE: Iowa lawmakers advance bills to limit the use of eminent domain on pipeline and transmission projects. (Des Moines Register)

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EFFICIENCY: Strong opposition from building owners is expected at a meeting today discussing a possible benchmarking ordinance in Kansas City; several other cities have passed similar policies. (Midwest Energy News)

GRID: MISO says bidders followed the rules in a recent capacity auction that caused a price spike in southern Illinois, but changes in bidding strategies led to the unusual outcome. (SNL)

INDIANA: An effort to protect state lawmakers from having to release their emails, prompted by a records request related to a recent anti-solar bill, stalls in the legislature. (Indianapolis Star)

WISCONSIN: A business group debates with a consumer advocacy group over efforts to cut the latter off from a state pool of ratepayer funds. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COAL: Advocates raise concerns about whether coal companies will be financially able to clean up mine sites as the market declines. (Greenwire)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: A new report says Minnesota is well-positioned to meet carbon targets. (MinnPost)

OIL AND GAS:
• A drilling company has narrowed its Ohio activity down to two counties. (Columbus Business First)
• No one was injured in an explosion and fire at a Wisconsin refinery yesterday. (Associated Press)

HYDROPOWER: A federal report says more than 4 GW of additional hydropower could be added to the grid. (InsideClimate News)

TRANSPORTATION: A Michigan researcher’s analysis finds flying is generally less energy intensive than driving, depending on a few factors. (Washington Post)

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TECHNOLOGY: An Iowa company tests a zero-emissions tractor that runs on hydrogen and ammonia. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY: Why a solar future is inevitable. (Vox)

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