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MidAmerican looks to reduce eagle, bat deaths from wind turbines

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WIND: MidAmerican Energy files plans with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reduce the number of eagles and bats killed by its wind turbines. (Radio Iowa)

ALSO:
• North Dakota ranks 11th in the U.S. for wind energy after adding 249 MW of capacity in 2017. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A Minnesota man is convicted on five counts related to a multi-year scheme to steal $13 million from wind energy customers. (KMSP)

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FRAC SAND: A sand mining company asks the Minnesota Supreme Court to review a ruling upholding a county’s frac sand mining ban. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Five prominent companies, including JPMorgan Chase, Walmart and Whirlpool, endorse a report calling for 2.2 GW of solar in Ohio by 2030. (pv Magazine)
• Two utilities ask Missouri regulators to allow them to remove “solar rebate application” information from net metering tariffs. (KTTN)

PIPELINES:
• Recent protests in Minnesota suggest advocates will continue to fight the Line 3 pipeline despite regulatory approval. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Iowa residents plan to march 90 miles to raise awareness about a lawsuit against the Dakota Access pipeline. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)
• A manufacturing trade group tells Congress that natural gas pipelines are the “weak link” in U.S. energy infrastructure. (E&E News, subscription)

CLEAN ENERGY: The Citizens Utility Board in Chicago warns utility customers about the costs of signing up with clean power providers following “rampant confusion” in the marketplace. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

UTILITIES: FirstEnergy’s stock price hits a 52-week high following news of a proposed “definitive settlement” with its bankrupt subsidiary. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

RENEWABLES: The Indiana Farm Bureau backs local control on issues related to siting wind and solar projects. (Hoosier Ag Today)

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COAL: St. Louis-based Peabody Energy asks the federal government to let it relinquish thousands of acres of coal leases in Wyoming due to falling demand. (S&P Global)

COMMENTARY: While Wisconsin is making progress on renewable energy, it still lags behind most states due to “eight years of hostility” to the industry by Gov. Scott Walker, a columnist says. (Urban Milwaukee)

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