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Study finds twice as many solar jobs as coal jobs in U.S.

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SOLAR:
• How arcane-sounding policy changes will have a significant impact on solar economics in Wisconsin. (Midwest Energy News)
• A pair of bills in the Missouri legislature would expand net metering for solar customers. (Midwest Energy News)
• A study finds there are twice as many solar jobs as coal jobs in the U.S. (Mother Jones)
• A rural Minnesota co-op plans a 100 kW community solar project. (Owatonna People’s Press)
• Minnesota regulators clarify how Xcel’s community solar projects will be prioritized. (Renewable+Law)
• Officials in a Michigan town back a community solar project atop a historic mansion. (Grand Rapids Press)

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INDIANA: Advocates say utilities are “rewriting the rules” with a pair of bills to change efficiency and solar policies. (EnergyWire)

COAL: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder calls for “a long term transition away from coal,” Dynegy says it will shut down part of an Illinois coal plant, and pollution upgrades could keep a Wisconsin coal unit operating through 2038. (MLive, Platts, SNL)

OIL AND GAS:
• EPA methane regulations are expected to be implemented gradually. (InsideClimate News)
• A report says Minnesota first responders are not prepared for an oil train disaster. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• The drilling downturn is dashing hopes for thousands of workers. (Bloomberg)
• An Illinois community college plans to offer a fracking program. (Associated Press)

OHIO: FirstEnergy and American Electric Power were among top donors to inaugural parties for Gov. John Kasich and other state officials. (Columbus Dispatch)

GRID: The PJM Interconnection files a proposal to continue allowing demand response in capacity auctions. (SNL)

BIOENERGY: An MIT study finds a carbon price would be a boon for bioenergy, and ethanol producers so far are not being harmed by low oil prices. (Greenwire, Des Moines Register)

MINNESOTA: State Rep. Pat Garofalo, chair of the House energy committee, will also help lead the Council on State Government’s energy panel (read our Q&A here). (MinnPost)

CLIMATE: Pope Francis speaks out on climate change, while Ohio Rep. John Boehner tries a new take on the “I’m not a scientist” line. (Reuters, The Hill)

ELECTRIC CARS: An Ohio town considers installing high-speed charging stations. (Columbus Dispatch)

COMMENTARY: How much will climate change cost us? (Grist)

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