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Indiana utility plans to eliminate coal for renewables by 2028

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• Indiana utility NIPSCO formally submits a plan to retire its coal fleet by 2028 and replace it with renewables and storage. (Kokomo Perspective)
• Indianapolis Power and Light will increase rates slightly to pay for a new natural gas plant and infrastructure upgrades. (RTV6)

• Replacing aging diesel school buses with cleaner models is the first priority in Michigan’s $64.8 million plan to spend Volkswagen settlement funds. (Energy News Network)
• General Motors’ call for a national zero-emissions vehicle policy upset environmental and industry groups while catching its allies in the auto industry off guard. (E&E News)

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• Voters in a Columbus, Ohio, suburb will decide Tuesday whether to let city officials try to negotiate for cheaper and cleaner electricity on their behalf, known as aggregation. (Energy News Network)
• Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is deadlocked in new polling with his Democratic challenger who wants to make climate change and renewable energy a priority. (E&E News, subscription)

• Seven states including Nebraska and South Dakota will soon build enough turbines to double their wind energy capacity, according to an industry report. (Windpower Engineering & Development)
• Allete Clean Energy sells a 48 MW wind project in North Dakota for $84 million. (Duluth News Tribune)

• A federal energy regulator raises concerns about using fuel security and grid resilience as a justification to bail out uneconomic coal and nuclear plants. (Utility Dive)
• Alliant Energy is in the process of demolishing a former coal plant in Dubuque, Iowa — the company can’t set yet whether the site will be used for renewables. (KCRG)

• With a new solar array, Minnesota’s second most populous county takes another step toward powering its entire park system with renewable energy. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• The developer of a planned 4 MW solar project in northern Illinois says it wants to work closely with the community to build support. (Mendota Reporter)
• Environmental groups deliver more than 600 petition signatures to We Energies in support of a massive solar array at the new Foxconn manufacturing plant in Wisconsin. (Racine Journal Times)

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FRAC SAND: The Minnesota Supreme Court will review a ruling that upheld a county’s ban on frac sand mining. (Winona Daily News)

RENEWABLES: An upcoming conference in the Quad Cities area will show residents and businesses how to install renewable energy projects to help reduce electricity costs. (Quad-City Times)

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