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Ohio utilities object to immediately passing tax savings on to customers

CLIMATE: Cleveland sustainability leaders are broadening their focus to include climate change adaptation and resiliency efforts, which they say can also provide economic development opportunities. (Midwest Energy News)

UTILITIES: Ohio utilities object to immediately returning savings to customers after corporate income tax rates were cut from 35 to 21 percent under federal tax reform. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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NUCLEAR:
• Exelon officials will continue to defend Illinois’ program that credits nuclear power plants, and they hope to see similar programs adopted in other states. (RTO Insider)
• An Ohio lawmaker pushing for zero-emissions credits for struggling nuclear plants admits it will be an “uphill climb.” (News-Herald)

GRID: A boom in new wind and solar projects in a central Illinois county could strain the transmission grid, experts say. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

PIPELINES:
• A Minnesota agency releases an amended environmental review of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, though it contains no major changes. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• The Trump administration’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal would speed up the permitting of natural gas pipelines, including those that cross national parks. (Reuters)

RENEWABLES: Michigan-based Consumers Energy says renewable energy will play a larger role in its portfolio based on long-term plans. (WZZM)

OIL AND GAS: An Ohio-based natural gas utility plans to source more of its product from the region through better access to local supplies. (Columbus Dispatch)

SOLAR: Hundreds of residents attend an open house for a proposed 20-megawatt solar project in southwestern Michigan. (Sturgis Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Visitors can now test drive all-electric vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show for the first time. (WLS)

COMMENTARY:
• Allowing Tesla to bypass the traditional dealership model in Wisconsin would give them an unfair advantage over other automakers and likely invite lawsuits, an editorial says. (Racine Journal Times)
• A researcher says Michigan’s two major utilities have a history of fighting higher renewable energy standards as a new ballot initiative surfaces. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• A Minnesota ratepayer advocacy group says Xcel Energy’s plan to generate 60 percent renewable energy by 2030 is “fantastic news for consumers.” (Hastings Star Gazette)
• An Iowa editorial board says state lawmakers should abandon efforts to scale back energy efficiency programs. (Des Moines Register)

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