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CLIMATE: A top diplomat from the United Kingdom discusses his recent trip to Chicago, where he met with Mayor Rahm Emanuel to talk climate change and other clean energy issues. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: A panel of experts at an event in Ohio this week said the Trump administration’s shifts in energy and environmental policy likely won’t change the downward trajectory of America’s coal sector. (Midwest Energy News)

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• Officials in Ann Arbor, Michigan vote to extend a moratorium on ground-mounted solar arrays in front yards and parking areas for up to 180 days. (MLive)
• A legislative committee in Indiana will hold a hearing this week on how changes to the state’s net metering law affects schools. (Northeast Indiana Public Radio)
• Federal officials hear final arguments on whether to impose tariffs on imported solar equipment in the Suniva-SolarWorld case. (Greentech Media)
• A competition seeks video submissions highlighting Minnesota’s solar industry. (Rochester Post Bulletin)
• A Milwaukee brewery installs solar panels at its warehouse that will account for 39 percent of the building’s energy use. (Full Pint)

WIND: Alliant Energy announces plans to start construction on a 300 megawatt wind farm in northwest Iowa. (Sioux City Journal)

GRID: A variety of experts say there is no evidence that the U.S. grid’s reliability is in jeopardy based on coal and nuclear retirements, despite claims made in a recent Department of Energy proposal. (E&E News)

• Advocacy groups in Minneapolis-St. Paul unveil a plan to remove 20,000 cars from the metro area within five years through increased ride-sharing, public transit and bike-sharing. (WCCO)
• Detroit-based Ford Motor Co. says it plans to cut costs by $14 billion and “shift capital investment away from sedans and internal combustion engines to develop more trucks and electric and hybrid cars.” (Reuters)

• Consumer advocates in Ohio are asking the state Supreme Court to intervene in a long-running case dealing with shut-offs by Duke Energy, claiming the process has taken too long with regulators. (Columbus Dispatch)
• An Ohio school district will lose $4.6 million in annual revenue after FirstEnergy’s Davis-Besse nuclear plant receives a roughly 75 percent devaluation from the state Department of Taxation. (Toledo Blade)

BIOFUELS: At the request of President Trump, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt plans to meet with farm-state lawmakers over their concerns about the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard. (Quad-City Times)

OIL AND GAS: A west Michigan city unveils a new 145 megawatt combined-cycle natural gas plant as part of its new Energy Park. (MLive)

PIPELINES: Hundreds of comments are filed with the North Dakota Supreme Court largely opposing a judge’s petition to end legal provisions for out-of-state attorneys assisting cases related to Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Bismarck Tribune)

OVERSIGHT: Travel documents show EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has met far more often with officials at companies the agency is meant to regulate, including the fossil fuel industry, compared to advocates. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: The Natural Resources Defense Council says local action that supports clean energy use is breaking records, despite radical shifts in the federal landscape.

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