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Minnesota solar capacity could reach one gigawatt by 2019

EFFICIENCY: Some clean energy advocates say additional revenue raised in Minneapolis for sustainability efforts is better spent on efficiency programs rather than renewable energy credits. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR: Minnesota’s solar capacity now exceeds 700 megawatts, and further growth is expected in the coming years. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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WIND:
• A $90 million, 44-megawatt wind project is online in eastern Michigan, with more turbines expected to be added in 2020. (MLive)
• Invenergy officials say a planned 250-megawatt wind project in central Illinois will have minimal sound and wildlife impacts. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

GRID: Local officials in Milwaukee are expected to formally object to having city residents help pay the $140 million in new grid infrastructure to serve the new Foxconn manufacturing campus. (Racine Journal Times)

OIL AND GAS:
• The Trump administration is looking to transform Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania into a hub for storing natural gas. (Washington Examiner)
• Residents speak out against a northern Indiana utility’s proposed natural gas rate hike to pay for $400 million in infrastructure upgrades. (The Times of Northwest Indiana)

POLICY: Despite moves at the federal level to abandon an international climate change agreement and support the coal industry, clean energy soared in the U.S. 2017 largely due to market forces. (InsideClimate News)

PIPELINES:
• Five tribes ask Minnesota regulators to reconsider a recent decision calling for further environmental review of the Line 3 pipeline, saying it doesn’t go far enough and should include a “full historic properties review.” (St. Cloud Times)
• The first felony conviction is handed down to a Dakota Access pipeline protester for “tampering with a public service” after being arrested in November 2016. (Bismarck Tribune)

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NUCLEAR: A southwest Michigan nuclear plant is operating under a new license agreement that will last until 2037. (Harbor Country News)

COMMENTARY:
• The Environmental Defense Fund says Ohio “surprisingly stands out” for leading the nation in reducing carbon emissions from electricity from 2005 to 2015.
• An Indiana mayor supports wind energy development in his community based on the economic opportunities. (Logansport Pharos-Tribune)

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