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Minnesota’s community solar program grew six-fold this year

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Indianapolis International Airport will soon have the nation’s largest fleet of electric airport shuttles. (Midwest Energy News)

• Minnesota’s community solar program grew roughly six-fold in 2017 with 58 projects online, up from about 10 a year ago. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Some residents in Ann Arbor, Michigan are frustrated by a city-backed solar group-buying program that is having difficulty supplying customers with panels. (MLive)
• A Wisconsin community agrees to procure energy from a nearby solar project as part of a larger deal among the Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group. (Jackson County Chronicle)
• WEC Energy Group CEO Gale Klappa says the utility plans to spend $460 million on two solar projects that will generate 350 MW of power in Wisconsin. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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GRID: The North American Electric Reliability Corp. says new gas plants and renewables can replace coal and nuclear plants that are being retired, but regulators and grid managers aren’t acting fast enough on new operating rules. (E&E News)

CLIMATE: An increase in franchise fees on electric and gas bills in Minneapolis will raise $2 million next year for climate and energy programs. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COAL: The U.S. Supreme Court denies Michigan-based DTE Energy’s petition to review an environmental penalty against one of its coal plants, though the recent tone set by the U.S. EPA will likely diminish the court’s action. (RTO Insider)

• North Dakota oil production increased 7 percent in October, which state officials say is the largest month-over-month increase the state has ever recorded. (Bismarck Tribune)
• The owner of a 747 MW natural gas plant in Ohio is asking federal regulators for more compensation for certain components at the facility. (RTO Insider)
• Opponents of a plan to install additional fracking-waste injection wells are asking Ohio officials for a longer public comment period. (Youngstown Vindicator)

PIPELINES: North Dakota law enforcement purchased more than $600,000 worth of “body armor, tactical equipment and crowd control devices” during the Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

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UTILITIES: Ohio-based American Electric Power is redesigning its bills next year to help customers more easily understand how they’re being charged. (Columbus Dispatch)

• A board member of Minneapolis Climate Action says increasing the state’s renewable portfolio standard, adding more electric vehicles and continuing to price carbon will make the state a climate leader. (MinnPost)
• An official with a wind energy developer says retroactively changing the planned ramp-down of tax incentives could jeopardize hundreds of millions of dollars in investments in Ohio. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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