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Minnesota utility plans 100% renewable option for customers

SOLAR: Advocates say ending federal tax credits for solar installations would leave Midwest states particularly hard hit. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES:
• Recent polling shows more than one-third of Americans don’t care either way about President Obama’s decision to reject Keystone XL. (Reuters)
More than 200 people show up to cast support and opposition to state regulators over the $3.8 billion Bakken project. (The Gazette)

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CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY: Xcel Energy announces a new green-pricing program in Minnesota targeted at large commercial users that want to invest in renewables. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

EPA: A federal judge says EPA administrator Gina McCarthy must give a deposition in a lawsuit filed by a major coal company to explain new regulations’ impact on jobs. (Associated Press)

ETHANOL: Officials say Wisconsin “dodged a bullet” following the spill of thousands of gallons of ethanol from a derailed train. (LaCrosse Tribune)

WIND:
• South Dakota regulators approve a new 103-megawatt project with no formal opposition at its meeting. (Rapid City Journal)
Illinois regulators approve the state’s portion of the 780-mile Grain Belt Express transmission line that would carry Kansas wind energy to cities farther east. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Advocates deliver 30,000 signatures in support of the Clean Power Plan to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, seeking his support for the rules. (Southern Illinoisan)

POLITICS: Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unveils a $30 billion plan to help coal-dependent communities transition to a clean-energy economy. (Associated Press)

MERGER: Consumer advocates in Washington D.C. are calling for an ethics investigation into the mayor’s about-face to support Pepco’s merging with Chicago-based Exelon. (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY:
• Recent train derailments in Wisconsin show the need for safety upgrades and better emergency response planning. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
The latest version of proposed energy legislation in Michigan would undercut successful renewable and efficiency programs. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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