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Poll: Ohio conservatives support clean energy, oppose coal and nuclear ‘bailouts’

RENEWABLES: Clean energy advocates are hopeful that newly appointed member of Missouri’s Public Service Commission will support policies that spur renewable energy development. (Midwest Energy News)

OHIO: A new poll finds conservative voters in Ohio oppose special charges to bolster coal and nuclear plants and support various clean energy initiatives. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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• Environmental groups say Ohio regulators made a mistake in scaling back incentives for net-metering programs, while utilities support the decision. (Columbus Dispatch)
• A developer has finalized its plans for a 20-megawatt solar project in southwest Michigan, which it hopes will be operational in 2019 or 2020. (Sturgis Journal)
• A northern Illinois town considers a proposal for two 10-acre solar projects at its municipal airport. (SaukValley.com)

GRID: Missouri regulators approve plans for a 100-mile transmission line that will help lower electric rates and integrate more wind energy into the grid. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

• After FERC’s rejection this week, the best chances for coal and nuclear plants may be in Rust Belt states based on a plan by grid operator PJM. (Bloomberg)
• Critics say pending legislation in Ohio to support two uneconomic power plants would raise rates for customers of Dayton Power & Light. (Dayton Daily News)

CLEAN ENERGY: A proposed ordinance that could be put to voters in a southeastern Ohio city would ramp up clean energy goals and outline a local carbon tax. (Athens News)

POLITICS: U.S. Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota, who was recently installed to replace former Sen. Al Franken, says clean energy will be a top policy issue. (Bloomberg)

• Illinois regulators approve a $900 million plan by Peoples Gas to replace its aging gas mains in Chicago, which critics say will be unaffordable for residents. (WBBM)
• A North Dakota lawmaker sues the state over legislation passed last year that transfers up to $2 billion worth of oil and gas mineral rights under Lake Sakakawea. (Bismarck Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The use of electric vehicle charging stations available to the public in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan continues to climb. (MLive)

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UTILITIES: Ohio utility regulators unanimously approve discounted electric rates for Amazon to expand its data centers there, though details about the rates are not being publicly released. (Columbus Dispatch)

PIPELINES: Law enforcement agencies are preparing to increase security measures ahead of a trial later this month for a Dakota Access pipeline protester who is accused of shooting at officers in 2016. (KFGO)

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