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How Cleveland is poised to be a renewable energy leader

SOLAR: As plans for commercial-scale solar projects increase in Michigan, local planners across the state are faced with land-use and zoning questions. (Midwest Energy News)

• A city in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is doing various environmental tests as it plans for a solar project to offset some of its electricity costs. (Escanaba Daily Press)
• A member community of the Indiana Municipal Power Agency unveils a 2.84-megawatt solar project. (Greenfield Daily Reporter)

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• With its first offshore wind project in the works, the city of Cleveland is poised to be a leader in the renewable energy industry. (Next City)
• South Dakota regulators raise concerns about a Colorado-based developer beginning construction on a wind project without the necessary permits. (Watertown Public Opinion)
• Agreements are reached to finance and build a 100 megawatt wind project in northwest Ohio, whose electricity will be sold to General Motors. (Paulding Progress)

COAL: As Illinois lawmakers consider a proposal to support Dynegy’s coal plants there, a broad coalition of opponents look to block the package of bills. (Champaign News-Gazette)

• A ballot initiative that would have banned future oil and gas pipelines on city property in Bowling Green, Ohio is soundly rejected by voters. (Toledo Blade)
• Michigan’s U.S. senators ask federal regulators to determine whether Enbridge violated safety requirements after recent disclosures about damage to protective coatings on Line 5. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: The CEO of Wisconsin-based Alliant Energy is part of a panel of utility executives committed to clean energy after retiring coal-fired units. (SNL)

OIL AND GAS: State regulators clear the way for a company to begin drilling more oil wells in eastern Kansas “with virtually no setback requirements,” even though nearby property owners say the leases have lapsed. (Lawrence Journal-World)

EFFICIENCY: Ameren recognizes the city of Bloomington, Illinois for its efforts at reducing energy consumption. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

STORAGE: For utilities across the country, energy storage is playing a larger role in their formal long-term plans. (Utility Dive)

• Local delegations from Minnesota are attending the United Nations climate conference in Germany to show “we’re still in” on efforts to meet goals under the Paris climate agreement even if the Trump administration is not. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• An Indiana editorial board says the state’s solar industry is booming, though it is “almost certainly a short-lived phenomenon” due to a net metering phaseout set to begin January 1. (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)

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