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Illinois clean energy job training program shows high success rate

CLEAN ENERGY: An Illinois clean energy jobs training program saw success in 2019 after 94% of participants found employment in the field, though advocates say policy changes are needed to support the industry. (Solar Power World)

POLICY: Clean energy groups say new federal PURPA rules will stifle competition for independent energy developers, while utilities say they will save customers money. (Greentech Media)

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WIND:
• A North Dakota county will keep a moratorium on wind development in place for up to two years as local regulations are considered. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A southeastern Nebraska county similarly approves a three month moratorium as ordinance amendments are considered. (Hastings Tribune)
• As a mid-Michigan wind project prepares to come online, advocates say the neighboring county is missing out on lost revenue. (Greenville Daily News)

COAL: Analysts expect 2020 U.S. coal consumption to drop by more than 30% after a “very weak” second quarter due to lower demand during the pandemic. (S&P Global)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Advocates discuss the environmental justice challenges in Indiana as well as policy solutions that include a just transition for workers and community solar. (Indiana Public Media)

PIPELINES: A coalition of environmental and landowner groups filed suit this week to block the Trump administration’s approval of Keystone XL pipeline construction on federal lands in Montana. (UPI)

SOLAR: Federal regulators unanimously reject a request from an advocacy group to declare state net metering programs illegal. (Greentech Media)

POWER PLANTS: The Ohio Power Siting Board will hold a second public hearing next month on Ohio State University’s planned natural gas combined heat and power plant, which faces opposition from environmental groups. (Columbus Underground, Columbus Dispatch)

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OVERSIGHT: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer designates Dan Scripps to chair the Michigan Public Service Commission to ensure a “smooth transition” as current chair Sally Talberg is formally considered for a regulatory job in Texas. (MiBiz)

COMMENTARY: “Despite repeatedly losing in court, the Trump administration just doesn’t get it,” environmental advocates say of their latest lawsuit to stop construction on the Keystone XL pipeline. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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