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Minnesota lawmakers stall on clean energy policy

POLITICS: A bill to put Minnesota on a path to 100 percent clean energy by 2050 fails to pass in the Legislature along with several other clean energy proposals after end-of-session negotiations unravel. (Minnesota Public Radio)

SOLAR:
• Applications open for an Illinois program designed to make solar more accessible to people usually left out of the market. (Energy News Network)
• Wisconsin regulators deny a request to reconsider approval of the state’s first utility-scale solar farm. (State Journal)

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OHIO:
• State lawmakers advance a proposal to subsidize nuclear and coal plants after incentives for wind and solar projects were removed from the bill. (WOSU)
• Dayton Power & Light endorses legislation to support the state’s nuclear plants. (Dayton Daily News)

EFFICIENCY: A utility-funded energy efficiency program in Wisconsin creates $5 in benefits for every dollar spent. (Yale Climate 360)

COAL: Ohio coal companies lower their estimates of what it would cost to clean up all of the active coal mines in the state. (Columbus Dispatch)

CLEAN ENERGY: The Nebraska Public Power District’s youngest board of directors member says her goal of expanding clean energy in the state isn’t shared by fellow board members. (Kearney Hub)

UTILITIES: Dozens of people attend a public meeting over Alliant Energy’s proposed $20-a-month rate increases in eastern Iowa. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA plans to unveil a narrower version of its proposed biofuel credit market reform this month after concluding many of its ideas require more time to study, according to sources. (Reuters)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Honda and AEP are partnering on electric vehicles models. (Columbus Business First)

COMMENTARY:
• Some advocates say Xcel Energy’s clean energy plan is “lopsidedly in favor of Xcel shareholders. (Pioneer Press)
• Rural Midwestern residents embracing renewable energy in Ohio are “ignoring the rhetoric” from President Trump. (Washington Post)

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