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Minnesota turns to solar to offset usage at state facilities

RPS: Researchers in Michigan are fighting back against an out-of-state organization that has been publishing what critics call erroneous renewable portfolio standard reports in several states trying to influence policy. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• In a major expansion to its commitment to solar, the Dayton administration in Minnesota looks to offset 30 percent of the power used at various state-owned facilities through community solar contracts. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Local officials unveil plans for two municipally owned community solar projects in Michigan’s capital region. (Lansing State Journal)

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CLEAN POWER PLAN: Since the final rules were announced in August, the “just say no” approach to complying has “slowly and quietly receded.” (Greenwire)

RENEWABLES: Federal regulators say 60 percent of new electricity generation this year came from renewables. (Utility Dive)

OIL AND GAS:
• A major company is staying mum on whether it plans to sell its acreage in eastern Ohio’s Utica shale. (Columbus Business First)
Experts tell Minnesota officials that the demand for frac sand and oil-train traffic is down due to low oil prices, but they will likely rise again. (Pioneer Press)
A major producer quits the North Dakota oil patch after posting a quarterly loss of $2.6 billion. (Reuters)

MERGERS:
• D.C. regulators agree to reconsider the proposed merger between Pepco and Chicago-based Exelon after new terms were announced. (RTO Insider)
An exclusive letter obtained shows seven of 13 members of the D.C. Public Service Commission support the merger. (Utility Dive)
We Energies’ parent company eliminates 2 percent of its workforce in Wisconsin and Illinois following its $9.1 billion merger with Integrys this year. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

PIPELINES:
• Enbridge and the U.S. Coast Guard will conduct an oil spill simulation next spring in the St. Clair River in Detroit for the controversial Line 5. (MLive)
Researchers look at gas pipeline infrastructure across the country to find faulty systems leaking methane. (Chemical & Engineering News)

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ETHANOL: The federal government will spend $100 million to help install 5,000 additional ethanol fuel pumps in 21 states. (KCCI-TV)

COMMENTARY: Indiana lawmakers have “not passed a pro-ratepayer piece of legislation in over 30 years.” (Northwest Indiana Times)

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