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Report: Clean energy boosting job growth in rural Midwest

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CLEAN ENERGY: The rural Midwest benefits more from clean energy sector jobs in wind, solar and energy efficiency than fossil fuels, a new report says. (InsideClimate News)

MICROGRIDS: A delegation from West Africa crisscrossed Illinois last week to learn how microgrids can help integrate renewables and bolster electric reliability. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
• A Michigan solar installer is concerned about the jobs impact of DTE Energy’s proposed replacement program for net metering. (WXYZ)
• A Minnesota company will begin installing a $1.5 million solar project at the state Capitol Complex next year. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Local officials in northern Missouri approve plans to install solar panels at 19 city locations in an effort reduce energy costs. (Columbia Daily Tribune)

WIND:
• The developer of a proposed wind project in northern Ohio addresses opponents’ property rights concerns. (Norwalk Reflector)
• North Dakota regulators advance plans to allow Xcel Energy to recover costs for nearly 2,000 MW of wind development in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. (Forum News Service)
• County officials in central Kansas reject a proposed six-month moratorium on wind development. (Hutchinson News)
• Conservation groups oppose a proposed wind project in southwestern Illinois due to potential impacts on endangered species. (Belleville News-Democrat)
• Developers of proposed wind projects in eastern Illinois say they will look elsewhere if local regulations are too restrictive. (Ford County Record)

OIL & GAS:
• Republican lawmakers in Michigan are pushing for a tax cut for oil and gas companies worth nearly $5 million annually. (Detroit Metro Times)
• North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum’s budget proposal increases spending by 5 percent as oil revenues increase. (Associated Press)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An auto industry analyst discusses what General Motors’ planned plant closures mean for electric vehicles. (Minnesota Public Radio)

COMMENTARY:
• Without a meaningful plan to retire coal plants, “MidAmerican’s ‘100 percent clean energy vision’ is not much more than a shiny marketing slogan,” says a Sierra Club official. (Des Moines Register)
• Wind and solar provide a variety of direct and indirect economic benefits across the Midwest, according to a new report. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• The Detroit News editorial board says a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac for the Line 5 pipeline is the “most practical solution.”

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