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Iowa senator would stall EPA nominees if Renewable Fuel Standard scaled back

SOLAR: While opposed by many companies within the U.S. solar industry, proposed tariffs on imported crystalline silicon solar cells could create opportunity for one Ohio manufacturer. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• There is a gap developing between community solar projects that are ready to be built in Illinois under new energy laws and how those programs will be implemented. (PV Magazine)
• The mayor of Bloomington, Indiana discusses plans to increase the city’s usage of solar to power more than two dozen facilities. (Indiana Daily Student)

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BIOFUELS: Before meeting with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says lawmakers could hold up President Trump’s EPA nominees if the Renewable Fuel Standard is relaxed. (Quad-City Times)

WIND:
• A mediator is appointed to settle a dispute between a wind developer in Michigan and a newly elected township board over the denial of a key permit. (Associated Press)
• Nearly two-thirds of Ohio’s state Senators have signed on as cosponsors to two bills that would ease restrictive setback rules on wind turbines. (E&E News, subscription; Midwest Energy News archive)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A Nebraska waste-to-energy plant contributed to toxic odors in the community and violated the federal Clean Air Act, according to the U.S. EPA. (Sioux City Journal)

FRAC SAND: A sand mining company looks to lift environmental review requirements for a frac sand mining project in southeast Minnesota. (LaCrosse Tribune)

STORAGE: Stakeholders involved with grid operator MISO’s planning are still debating how energy storage will be incorporated as a resource. (RTO Insider)

POLICY: The Sierra Club says the Energy Department’s proposal to provide cost recovery for coal and nuclear plants would cost consumers $14 billion annually with little impact on grid operations. (Utility Dive)

RENEWABLES: A panel of experts discusses how Madison, Wisconsin can achieve its 100 percent renewable energy goal. (Badger Herald)

PIPELINES: The North Dakota Supreme Court denies a district court’s petition claiming out-of-state attorneys are no longer needed for Dakota Access pipeline protesters. (Bismarck Tribune)

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UTILITIES:
• As Ohio lawmakers debate regulations for submetering companies that resell electricity to apartments and condominiums, “there are few signs of consensus about what, if anything, to do.” (Columbus Dispatch)
• A second federal lawsuit is filed by a shareholder seeking to slow or block the proposed $14 billion merger between Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy. (Kansas City Business Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• The Detroit News editorial board proclaims: “Coal is dwindling as a source of power in this country, and repealing the Clean Power Plan will not change that trajectory.”
• An advocacy group says expanding access to electric vehicle charging, increasing utilities’ consumer education and collaborating across sectors could help drive EV adoption in Michigan. (Bridge Magazine)

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