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Minneapolis explores replacing city fleet with electric vehicles

TRANSMISSION: A new report examines how counties in Minnesota, Kansas and Wisconsin have benefitted economically from transmission projects. (Midwest Energy News)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Minneapolis city council members express interest in replacing the city’s fleet with electric vehicles as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A clean-fuels collaborative says more recharging stations could lead to thousands more hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles on the road in central Ohio. (Columbus Business First)

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OIL-BY-RAIL: The rail industry is phasing out less-safe tank cars that have been involved in recent derailments carrying crude oil. (Forum News Service)

SOLAR:
• Xcel Energy announces plans for a second community solar project in western Wisconsin, with a third one planned in the northern part of the state. (La Crosse Tribune)
• An official with the Solar Energy Industries Association discusses the emerging solar markets in states like Minnesota, Illinois and Ohio. (pv magazine)
• Interest in community solar projects is growing throughout Cook County, Illinois. (Daily Southtown)

PIPELINES: A Native American activist accused of inciting a riot during Dakota Access pipeline protests says he’ll use a “necessity defense” in court, saying he was preventing the greater harm of climate change. (Associated Press)

POLICY:
• Grid operators around the country, including those serving Midwest states, say the Department of Energy’s plan to support coal and nuclear plants is expensive, inefficient and counterproductive. (RTO Insider)
• A coalition of 20 trade groups representing the natural gas, wind and solar sectors have also aligned in opposition to the plan. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

COAL: Activists gather outside of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office to protest what they say is a lack of transparency in the administration’s dealings with Dynegy over air pollution standards. (WRSP)

WIND: Xcel Energy selects a Minnesota-based construction company to build portions of the utility’s major wind expansion across the Upper Midwest. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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CLEAN ENERGY: The California-based company that is redeveloping a waste-to-energy facility in west Michigan has raised $200 million in equity to finance more small clean energy projects. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY: A student editorial board applauds the city of Bloomington, Indiana’s commitment to more solar energy. (Indiana Daily Student)

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