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General Motors to buy 200 megawatts of wind power from projects in Ohio, Illinois

TRANSMISSION: After being rejected again by Missouri regulators, the developer of a proposed wind energy transmission line has hired former Gov. Jay Nixon as a legal adviser. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: After nearly 10 years of negotiations with Michigan’s largest municipal utility, clean energy advocates reach an agreement that will close its two coal-fired power plants in Lansing by the end of 2025. (Midwest Energy News)

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UTILITIES: Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy looks to legally separate its electric utility operations in Minnesota and North Dakota, citing divergent energy policies between the two states. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND: General Motors announces it will buy 200 megawatts of wind energy from projects in Ohio and Illinois once they come online next year. (Detroit Free Press)

SOLAR:
• Insiders believe the International Trade Commission is likely to find that U.S. solar cell manufacturers were harmed by imported modules, handing “the fate of the U.S. solar industry” to President Trump. (Utility Dive)
• An insurance agency in Wisconsin looks to offset a portion of its energy use with rooftop solar panels. (Greater Milwaukee Today)

TRANSPORTATION: A transit service in Bloomington, Illinois will receive a $1.5 million federal grant to buy electric buses and install solar panels at its maintenance facility. (WGLT)

GRID: Indiana Michigan Power seeks a rate increase from Indiana regulators to modernize its grid infrastructure. (Decatur Daily Democrat)

NUCLEAR: The U.S. nuclear power industry faces an uphill battle to maintain its portion of generating capacity, up to half of which could be retired within the next 20 years. (Reuters)

CLEAN ENERGY: Detroit-based General Motors is among a group of companies to form the Renewable Thermal Collaborative, which aims to address companies’ carbon emission goals through heating and cooling functions across factories or campuses. (GreenBiz)

PIPELINES:
• Energy Transfer Partners receives approval from FERC to continue work on the troubled Rover gas pipeline, which will run from Pennsylvania to Ontario. (Reuters)
• A North Dakota commission will consider a $5 million request to pay costs related to Dakota Access pipeline protests, which would bring the total cost to the state and Morton County to $43 million. (Forum News Service)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A group of large corporations has launched a campaign to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles, hoping to send a signal to automakers that there is mass demand for EVs before 2030. (InsideClimate News)

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EFFICIENCY: A Chicago neighborhood is getting LED streetlights as part of a program that will replace 85 percent of streetlights in the city. (ABC 7)

COMMENTARY:
• An advocate says while utility-scale solar development continues to grow, some politicians and utilities are actively thwarting rooftop installations. (CNBC)
• A columnist says Republicans in Minnesota are right to make the economic case for transitioning to renewable energy, but that doesn’t tell the full story of why it should happen. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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