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Minnesota to rely on nuclear into the 2030s for reliability, emissions

• Ohio’s shift from coal to natural gas has led to a significant drop in carbon emissions, which fell by 50 million metric tons from 2005 to 2015. (Midwest Energy News)
• Illinois coal production increased 10 percent in 2017, though experts say the sector’s long-term prospects remain shaky as plants are retired and new natural gas facilities come online. (Associated Press, SNL)

• Minnesota will continue to rely heavily on nuclear power until the 2030s to maintain grid reliability and keep down carbon emissions. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A federal appeals court hears oral arguments in a case looking to overturn Illinois’ zero-emission credit program supporting nuclear plants. (Utility Dive)

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OIL AND GAS: A proposed 900-mile natural gas liquids pipeline is expected to help accommodate growing production in North Dakota and reduce natural gas flaring. (Bismarck Tribune)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: An “innovation district” taking shape in a Minneapolis neighborhood looks to heat buildings with sewage flowing deep beneath city streets. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

EMISSIONS: Minnesota regulators finalize new values for carbon and other air pollutants that utilities must factor into decisions about future generation projects. (Utility Dive)

BIOFUELS: Iowa farmers see the benefits of record-level ethanol production in the state. (Dubuque Telegraph Herald)

SOLAR: Xcel Energy announces plans for a 1-megawatt community solar project in northern Wisconsin. (Sawyer County Record)

RENEWABLES: Michigan utilities and institutions plan more renewable energy projects into the future. (WPBN)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Clean energy advocates say public transit and school buses are likely targets for electric vehicle spending with Volkswagen settlement funds. (Stateline)

HYDRO: A small hydroelectric facility in Michigan has until March to correct safety violations or face being shut down. (RTO Insider)

EFFICIENCY: Chicago reaches a milestone as it replaces 18,000 streetlights with energy-efficient LED bulbs. (WBBM)

UTILITIES: Companies, consumer advocates, and regulators in multiple Midwest states are figuring out how savings under the new federal tax overhaul will be distributed. (E&E News, subscription)

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GRID: American Electric Power crews from Ohio are sent to Puerto Rico to help restore the grid after it was severely damaged in a September hurricane. (Columbus Dispatch)

COMMENTARY: A Michigan solar company says efforts to reduce net metering rates starting in 2019 would remove the incentive for homeowners to install solar panels. (Morning Sun)

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