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MidAmerican says tax proposal could disrupt its wind energy plans

WIND: MidAmerican Energy says a plan in the U.S. House to scale back the production tax credit would impact its $3.6 billion plan to expand wind energy in Iowa. (Quad City Times)

ALSO: Wisconsin regulators approve a utility’s plan to build a new wind farm in Iowa. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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• Minnesota regulators rule that rural co-ops have to change the way they calculate fees for solar customers. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Officials in the Chicago area work to develop models for community solar in urban areas. (Midwest Energy News)
• Advocates say job growth is changing the politics around solar energy in Wisconsin. (WUWM)
• A dedication ceremony next week will celebrate the launch of Missouri’s largest solar array. (Springfield News-Leader)
• An Illinois township is expected to vote soon on a proposed 2 MW community solar project. (Central Illinois Proud)

• Shutting down the pipelines running beneath the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan would likely result in more oil flowing through Wisconsin. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• Minnesota regulators won’t reschedule hearings for a proposed pipeline expansion after they were canceled due to safety concerns. (Associated Press)
• TransCanada says it is optimistic there is still enough demand to justify building the Keystone XL pipeline. (The Hill)

COAL: A North Dakota cooperative says it is looking for ways to meet future carbon regulations while still being friendly to coal. (Bismarck Tribune)

UTILITIES: Indiana’s Office of Utility Consumer Counselor opposes a utility’s proposal to more than double its monthly fixed charge. (Inside Indiana Business)

BIOFUELS: Missouri Sen. Clair McCaskill says duties on imported biodiesel should be made permanent. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

COMMENTARY: How clean energy can help revive struggling urban communities. (Midwest Energy News)

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