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Regional planning agency calls for 4.7 MW of solar around Twin Cities

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OHIO: Critics say a legislative committee’s report to continue the freeze on the state’s energy standards not only ignores clean-energy benefits, but also includes giveaways to utilities and large energy users. (Midwest Energy News)

EFFICIENCY: A new report from Michigan’s energy regulatory agency shows that the state’s efficiency standard will save ratepayers billions of dollars. (Midwest Energy News) 

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POLLUTION: Residents in a Detroit neighborhood are concerned that a new international bridge crossing will bring even more air pollution to one of the state’s most polluted areas. (Michigan Radio)

SOLAR:
• The regional planning agency in the Twin Cities plans to install 4.7 megawatts of solar at various locations in the region. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A former Monsanto employee leaves the company to become one of the largest solar developers in the country. (Muscatine Journal)

COAL:
• The U.S. EPA identifies nearly 40 coal-fired units nationwide that either do not have or are not fully using scrubbers to comply with the agency’s new ozone rules. (RTO Insider)
Murray Energy sues the Obama administration over not responding to the company’s FOIA request related to new stream protection rules. (Observer-Reporter)
Citigroup announces that it will cut back on financing coal-mining projects. (Bloomberg)
Hillary Clinton says Patriot Coal’s bankruptcy plan is “outrageous and must be stopped” because it diverts money set aside for retired coal miners and their families. (Reuters)

POLITICS: Democrats withdraw support from a sweeping federal energy bill package after Republicans add a series of amendments opponents say only benefit polluters. (RTO Insider)

HYDRO: Dubuque, Iowa wants to look closer at building a hydroelectric plant on the Mississippi River. (Telegraph Herald)

FRAC SAND: Advocates withdraw their proposal to ban frac sand mining in a Minnesota county. (LaCrosse Tribune)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Governors in North Dakota and Wyoming are pushing the Obama administration for more time to comply with federal carbon rules. (ClimateWire)

ADVOCACY: Some suppliers are sharply criticizing a proposal that would fund a consumer advocacy group in PJM’s territory through a small assessment on customers. (RTO Insider)

TRANSMISSION: Wisconsin-based ATC plans to spend $3.7 billion to $4.5 billion over the next 10 years to upgrade the state’s transmission system. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says coal miners deserve a better claims process for accessing health benefits. (Ashland Times-Gazette)

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