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Minneapolis considers doubling amount of renewable energy purchases

PETCOKE: Advocates concerned about pollution from petroleum coke are worried an Ohio professor’s study downplaying the health risks will gain new prominence now that he has been named to a key EPA post. (Midwest Energy News)

RENEWABLES: The Minneapolis City Council is considering doubling the amount of renewable energy the city purchases from Xcel Energy, meaning about three-quarters of its energy purchased would come from renewables. (Southwest Journal)

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FRACKING: A group pushing for a charter amendment to ban fracking in Youngstown, Ohio vows to appeal a recent denial by county officials to the state Supreme Court. (Youngstown Vindicator)

• Iowa is among the rural and conservative parts of the country where solar adoption is growing the fastest, thanks to community solar. (E&E News)
• A new poll by researchers at the University of Michigan finds strong support among Americans for net metering policies. (Phys.org)
• Solar-powered charging stations for electric vehicles and devices are the first hardware to be installed under the Smart Columbus program in Ohio. (Columbus Business First)
• A solar development company operating in 15 states plans to expand into Illinois, hoping to install 200 megawatts there by 2019. (Peoria Journal Star)

WIND: How wind energy is providing an economic boost to rural communities. (Dow Jones Newswires)

HYDRO: Ohio-based American Municipal Power completes 300 megawatts of new hydroelectric plants along the Ohio River, concluding 10 years of work. (Columbus Dispatch)

• While visiting an oil refinery in North Dakota, President Trump reminds the audience about his support for the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)
• Hurricane Harvey has impacted the pace of negotiations between the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline — Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners — and North Dakota regulators over potential violations during construction. (Associated Press)

DEMAND RESPONSE: Grid operator PJM considers additional changes to help boost the amount of demand response resources in wholesale power markets. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY: The Islamic Center of America near Detroit is a finalist in Gov. Rick Snyder’s annual “Energy Excellence Awards” recognizing energy efficiency projects. (Dearborn Press & Guide)

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STORAGE: The amount of energy storage batteries deployed for U.S. homes and businesses surged in the second quarter of 2017. (Reuters)

• A finance expert says Property Assessed Clean Energy financing in Illinois “will help spur more energy efficient projects within the commercial real estate market, improve property values and create jobs in the clean and renewable energy industries.” (Daily Herald)
• An economist at a Michigan college says “there will still be a need for coal-fired power plants” due to the intermittency of wind and solar — an idea that is sharply criticized by energy experts around the country. (Detroit News, Vox)

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