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Shale oil production in North Dakota increases flaring

TRANSPORTATION: A plan to repave a popular corridor in St. Paul, Minnesota, symbolizes the challenges cities face in meeting climate goals while still accommodating drivers. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A national coalition supported by utilities and electric vehicle advocates recommends halving transportation energy consumption by 2050. (Utility Dive)

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OIL & GAS:
• Flaring from natural gas increased 48% last year due to increased shale oil production in North Dakota and Texas. (E&E News, subscription)
• A utility in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula opens its new natural gas plant to the public. (WLUC)

POLICY: Minnesota is among a growing number of states exploring performance-based ratemaking that ties utility revenue to performance rather than capital investments. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
• Indiana Michigan Power announces plans for a 20 MW solar project in South Bend, making it one of the utility’s largest. (WSJM)
• An eastern Illinois county opens discussion on a proposed solar ordinance in the works for the past nine months. (Danville Commercial-News)
• Community solar subscriptions sell out in less than two months for a Nebraska utility’s program. (KPTM)
• A Wisconsin city joins a solar group-buying program to help reduce costs for residents and businesses looking to install panels. (Sun Prairie Herald-Independent)

WIND: Indiana wind development may be at risk as more local governments put restricting policies up for a vote. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)

NUCLEAR: Investors in two Ohio nuclear plants say they are ready to begin closing the plants in the coming years if lawmakers fail to pass subsidies for them. (WCMH)

CLIMATE: Minnesota farms use carbon sequestration and renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (St. Cloud Times)

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EFFICIENCY: A Wisconsin brewery is recognized by the state for its efforts to reduce energy usage. (WMTV)

COMMENTARY:
• In states like Iowa and Michigan, major utilities have attempted to mislead the public over solar net metering policies through the media, a critic says. (Media Matters for America)
• A Forbes contributor says Ohio’s nuclear subsidy bill is misunderstood and that closing the plants would lead to more natural gas consumption. (Forbes)

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