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Michigan utilities object to proposed 30 percent renewable standard by 2030

RENEWABLES: DTE Energy’s top executive questions the need for Michigan to adopt a statewide 30 percent renewable energy standard by 2030, saying the state’s utilities are already transitioning to renewables. (Detroit News)

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• A North Dakota entrepreneur develops a prototype that would make it easier to install solar panels on steep rooftops. (Midwest Energy News)
• Advocates in Kansas are fighting a utility proposal to add surcharges to residential customers with solar panels. (KCUR)
• Advocates say state and federal policy changes under consideration could stunt the solar industry’s growth in Iowa. (Quad-City Times)
• Xcel Energy looks to bring community solar to northern Wisconsin. (Business North)
• A central Illinois town considers a proposal for a 2-megawatt community solar project. (Peoria Journal Star)
• A solar installation at an American Indiana housing center in Duluth, Minnesota, is a centerpiece of the group’s climate change efforts. (Business North)

• MidAmerican Energy completes two new wind projects in Iowa that total 338 megawatts. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• A proposed 1,500-megawatt wind project in Indiana is dealt a setback from federal regulators as it seeks to connect to the grid. (RTO Insider)

• The greater Cleveland area is working to make the region more resilient to climate change and address social justice issues at the same time. (Midwest Energy News)
• Only a short time remains to cut greenhouse gas emissions before a host of climate-related problems surface in the Midwest. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: An eastern Michigan county is “ground zero” for the transition away from coal as various interests debate the next source of generation after a plant’s closure. (Bridge Magazine)

• A Michigan congressman’s bill would remove key provisions of a federal law that requires utilities to buy generation from independent producers if it is cost-competitive. (Utility Dive)
• Alliant Energy hosts a public meeting this week on why a northeastern Iowa city’s plan to switch to a municipal utility would not be feasible. (Decorah Newspapers)

PIPELINES: A private security firm hired by the Dakota Access pipeline developer wants the scope of a state agency’s lawsuit against it scaled back. (Associated Press)

DEMAND RESPONSE: A new report says demand response efforts during peak periods could save Indiana up to $2.3 billion over 10 years. (Daily Energy Insider)

MINNESOTA: Renewables and energy efficiency are “driving significant job growth all across the state,” advocates say. (Yale Climate Connections)

• An advocacy group is planning the first all-electric-vehicle showroom at this year’s Greater Milwaukee Auto Show. (NGT News)
• A pilot program in downtown St. Louis offers a free electric vehicle cab service. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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BIOFUELS: The Renewable Fuel Standard debate heats up as oil interests claim ethanol mandates hurt profitability and caused a major refinery to declare bankruptcy. (Bloomberg)

• A union official in Michigan says skilled trades are key to building the next generation of power plants, including a proposed $1 billion natural gas plant north of Detroit. (Port Huron Times Herald)
• A columnist says Wisconsin utilities should swiftly pass savings from federal tax reform on to ratepayers. (Wisconsin Journal Sentinel)

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