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CLEAN ENERGY: Military veterans are well-equipped for clean energy jobs as their experience often translates to the field. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: “The growth is coming, and it’s the right time now” to invest in electric vehicle models, says Ford’s global electric vehicle executive. (Associated Press)

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CLIMATE: Climate extremes are becoming more common in the region around St. Louis, disrupting power plants and critical infrastructure. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

UTILITIES:
• Advocates are skeptical whether Duke Energy’s proposed $395 million rate increase in Indiana would be used for clean energy investments. (WFYI)
• Iron ore plants in northeastern Minnesota raise concerns about proposed rate increases by Minnesota Power that in part help transition to clean energy. (Grand Rapids Herald Review)

WIND: Kansas exceeds its renewable energy standard set 10 years ago with a 20% wind energy portfolio. (KSNT)

SOLAR: Cleveland officials consider plans to install solar panels at 16 city-owned properties to reduce its electricity bills and carbon footprint. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

BIOFUELS: Ethanol plant operators in the Midwest struggle to find reliable sources of corn due to ongoing flooding. (Forum News Service)

RENEWABLES: The price decline of wind and solar has moderated in recent years, but the sources remain competitive with the marginal cost of gas and coal, according to a new assessment by Lazard. (Utility Dive)

BIOMASS: Burning wood for electricity can be carbon neutral if land is managed in a way that allows for new growth and opportunities for carbon absorption, a Minnesota researcher says. (MPR News)

COAL: Attorneys involved in Murray Energy’s bankruptcy proceedings say it’s too early to tell how the company will emerge and whether pension obligations are met. (Wheeling News-Register)

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POLITICS: While visiting Iowa, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez say inaction on climate change will be far more costly than policy plans. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

BIOENERGY: Cost overruns at a planned biodigester facility in western Michigan will lead to higher rates for customers, though public officials say the investment will pay off long term. (MLive)

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