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Eau Claire, Wisconsin recognized as a leader in solar development

Recognizing the important work of some of the many Midwest clean energy leaders — a list of Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40 honorees is now online.

CLEAN TECH: An Illinois-based startup develops a network that makes it easier for energy companies and other firms to trade commodities like renewable energy, oil and natural gas. (Midwest Energy News)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• A municipal utility in Missouri plans to keep investing in wind and solar due to declining prices despite efforts to repeal the Clean Power Plan. (Springfield News-Leader)
• Clean energy groups are ready to challenge the U.S. EPA in court if it doesn’t fully replace the Clean Power Plan. (E&E News)
• Illinois coal producers praise the Trump administration’s efforts. (Illinois News Network)
• Top energy officials in Michigan say the Trump administration’s plan “will have a negligible impact on the state’s plans to produce cleaner energy.” (Crain’s Detroit Business)

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PIPELINES: A federal judge dismisses a lawsuit against the Dakota Access pipeline developer after landowners said the company used deceitful tactics to acquire land easements. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• A program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy recognizes Eau Claire, Wisconsin as a leader in solar development. (WEAU)
• A community near Minneapolis-St. Paul considers joining a community solar garden. (The Citizen)
• An Ikea store under construction near Indianapolis plans to have the largest rooftop solar installation in Indiana. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)
• The second phase of a 3-megawatt solar array at Ohio Northern University is underway. (Solar Industry Magazine)

OIL AND GAS:
• Minnesota-based Otter Tail Power seeks permission to build a 250-megawatt natural gas plant in eastern South Dakota. (Rapid City Journal)
• North Dakota regulators are investigating a company’s failure to report a nearly 20,000-gallon brine spill last month. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Investments in oil and gas training programs increase at the University of North Dakota amid an industry downturn there. (Forum News Service)

TRANSMISSION: The first segment of a controversial high-voltage power line through Wisconsin is in service, even as the courts consider legal challenges to the project. (LaCrosse Tribune)

CLIMATE: Coal boss Robert Murray tells interviewers that “mankind is not affecting climate change” and “the Earth has cooled for the last 19 years.” (InsideClimate News)

COMMENTARY:
• Despite efforts by the Department of Energy and the U.S. EPA, energy markets aren’t likely to shift in the near term due to “legal challenges and simply the way competitive energy markets work,” researchers say. (The Conversation)
• The Environmental Defense Fund praises ComEd’s clean energy job-training programs recently approved by Illinois regulators.

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