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Michigan utility plans to replace last remaining coal plant with natural gas

RENEWABLES: A Minnesota electric cooperative is among the latest utilities to offer a commercial green tariff program in response to growing corporate demand for renewable energy. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL AND GAS: Michigan’s largest municipally owned utility announces plans to build a $500 million natural gas-powered plant at the site of a soon-to-be-retired coal plant in Lansing, the utility’s last remaining coal plant. (Lansing State Journal)

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• The Senate Republican leader in Ohio plans to move a bill in January to eliminate renewable energy benchmarks. (WOSU)
• Congress is preparing to vote this week on a sweeping tax bill that preserves tax credits for wind energy, solar power, and electric vehicles. (InsideClimate News)

EFFICIENCY: Fargo, North Dakota is the recipient of the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize for its collaborative efforts to reduce energy usage. (Forum News Service)

WIND: Adding to Iowa’s growing wind portfolio, Alliant Energy’s latest plans for a 170 MW wind project is expected to receive approval this week and be completed in 2020. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The U.S. EPA takes the first steps toward potentially replacing the Clean Power Plan by seeking public comment on what a new rule might look like. (E&E News)

• Urban solar installations are on the rise across Detroit. (Model D Media)
• An $11 million solar project is dedicated in central Nebraska, the state’s largest. (Omaha World-Herald)
• Solar panels are installed on the roof of a government building in Dane County, Wisconsin. (Sun Prairie Star)
• A company looks to build solar projects at multiple Illinois airports, including two 10-acre solar arrays in north-central Illinois. (Daily Herald, SaukValley.com)

CLIMATE: The Rural Climate Dialogues program has facilitated discussions among rural Minnesota residents, some of whom changed their positions to support the science behind climate change. (Sierra Magazine)

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RELIABILITY: Officials believe faulty equipment at a substation caused multiple electric outages in southeastern Minnesota over the weekend. (Winona Daily News)

COMMENTARY: A clean energy advocate says utility plans in Wisconsin and Missouri to replace coal plants with renewables are among the most notable coal announcements this year. (Forbes)

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