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Entrepreneur launches successful solar company in Missouri

REGULATION: Advocates say new regulatory changes in Michigan will pave the way for more distributed generation owned by independent producers. (Midwest Energy News)

• A recent report finds utilities based in Minnesota and Illinois are among the most energy efficient in the country despite relatively low electricity prices. (Midwest Energy News)
• South Dakota regulators approve plans by Xcel Energy to increase rates for energy efficiency projects. (Rapid City Journal)

SOLAR: A Missouri resident launches a successful solar installation company despite political opposition. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

UTILITIES: Ohio ratepayers will see higher electric bills under plans by AEP and FirstEnergy for subsidies for old coal and nuclear plants. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

PIPELINES: Enbridge says its Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan has passed another pressure test. (Associated Press)

WIND: Wind energy opponents are planning public forums in South Dakota ahead of a referendum vote next month on setback distances. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

BIOFUELS: Regulatory challenges could slow the growth of ethanol consumption in Iowa. (Telegraph Herald)

OIL AND GAS: North Dakota regulators allow a natural gas pipeline project to move forward. (Associated Press)

STORAGE: A Chinese battery manufacturing company is opening a research and development center in southeast Michigan. (MLive)

CLIMATE: Over 170 House Democrats are pushing for a nonbinding resolution to condemn President Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate accord. (The Hill)

• An industry spokesperson says fracking has been an economic boon for Ohio. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• The Union of Concerned Scientists says “despite all the negative attacks on clean energy at the federal level, clean energy momentum is happening, including in the Midwest.”

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