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Ohio utility plans $1.8 billion investment in renewable energy

TRANSPORTATION: Industry leaders gathered in Ohio last week are optimistic about the future of fuel cell buses and say the fuel cell industry could add 65,000 jobs for the Midwest by 2032. (Midwest Energy News)

• Clean energy and consumer advocates want Iowa regulators to carefully scrutinize a utility’s grid modernization plan, citing uncertainty over how $300 million a year would be spent. (Midwest Energy News)
• Several Midwest states will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for rural grid improvements, including smart grid projects. (Utility Dive)

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• Ohio-based American Electric Power plans a $1.8 billion investment in renewable energy, which includes 1.37 gigawatts of solar. (pv magazine)
• Energy analysts differ on the implications of a recent report showing the cost of renewables relative to other energy sources. (Platts)

• Local assessors in a Minnesota county say a major solar installation has not negatively impacted nearby property values. (Chisago County Press)
• The Department of Energy is working on a report about the costs and benefits of net metering, which “could be consequential for the solar industry.” (E&E News)
• Third-party ownership as a financing model for solar projects is taking off in Minnesota. (Finance & Commerce)
• A city in northwest Illinois is considering using statewide tax credits to build a solar project to reduce utility costs for its water treatment plant. (Galesburg Register-Mail)
• Developers eye an industrial park in eastern Michigan for three 2-megawatt solar projects. (The Voice)
• As part of a settlement over a coal gasification plant in Indiana, nonprofits in the state receive grants from Duke Energy to install solar panels. (Columbus Republic)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla acquires a Minnesota company that will become an “engineering outpost” for the automaker. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

UTILITIES: Moody’s Investors Service says in new reports that the unregulated power sector outlook is negative as companies struggle with weak demand and oversupplied markets. (Utility Dive)

BIOENERGY: Researchers at a Kansas university look to use natural waste from sources like tea leaves as high-performance, lightweight batteries. (Joplin Globe)

OIL AND GAS: Agriculture and energy officials in Iowa prepare for this year’s harvest and a high demand for propane. (Radio Iowa)

COMMENTARY: A Minnesota clean energy group says the risks of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline expansion project are greater than the limited benefits. (St. Cloud Times)

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