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Report: Minnesota, Illinois leading on community solar policy

EFFICIENCY: A report released by an Indiana watchdog group finds the rollback of Indiana’s energy efficiency mandate in 2014 has had serious costs for ratepayers and utilities. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Two Property Assessed Clean Energy financing projects totaling $8.5 million are approved in Michigan. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

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SOLAR:
• A report shows Minnesota and Illinois are the only Midwest states with policies enabling community solar. (Greentech Media)
• A developer considers bringing a solar project to an Illinois landfill that has been closed for 25 years. (Galesburg Register-Mail)

WIND:
• Ohio utility AEP appears to be “growing impatient” over regulatory delays with a major wind project in Oklahoma and Texas. (Columbus Business First)
• The Iowa Supreme Court declines to overturn a lower court ruling ordering a developer to remove three wind turbines in northeastern Iowa. (Waterloo Courier)
• An Upper Peninsula citizens group opposes plans for a 49-turbine wind project northwest of Marquette. (WLUC)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Kansas City Power & Light tells state regulators there is increasing reliance on its EV charging network. (St. Joseph News-Press)

OIL AND GAS:
• Michigan environmental regulators approve an air quality permit for DTE Energy’s planned $1 billion, 1,100 MW gas plant. (Port Huron Times Herald)
• The city council in Columbus, Ohio, will vote next week on whether to put a ballot measure to voters that would ban fracking activities within city limits. (WCBE)

RENEWABLES: A report by Food & Water Watch gives several states — including Illinois and Michigan — poor ratings on their renewable energy plans for allowing certain fuels to count toward the goals. (WTTW, WSJM)

PIPELINES:
• The Dakota Access pipeline’s developer wants a North Dakota judge to dismiss a lawsuit over the company’s ownership of agricultural land based on a state law banning corporate farming. (Associated Press)
• The Minnesota Supreme Court paves the way for pipeline activists to use the “necessity defense” at trial. (Brainerd Dispatch)

COMMENTARY:
• Electric vehicles are the “platform for the next phase of human mobility,” a Michigan advanced energy group says. (Michigan Municipal League)
• Advocates say a 400 MW solar project could spur the development of a solar manufacturing hub near Cincinnati. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• Energy analysts say the Trump administration’s proposal to bail out coal and nuclear plants is “so nonsensical,” it is uniting broad swaths of opposition. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

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