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TRANSPORTATION: A bicycle advocacy organization in Traverse City, Michigan says a key for cities to cut transportation emissions is to think small. (Midwest Energy News)

• The cost of solar panels are increasing in Illinois due to uncertainty over potential tariffs on imported products, one company says. (WGLT)
• Electric cooperatives in southeastern Indiana celebrate the opening of a new solar project that will produce enough power for 150 homes. (Greensburg Daily News)

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WIND: Indiana lawmakers debate whether to enact statewide regulations for siting wind turbines. (Terre Haute Tribune Star)

• Industry analysts say the Trump administration’s proposal to boost coal and nuclear plants would drive up electricity costs in Wisconsin. (LaCrosse Tribune)
• The move could also boost North Dakota’s coal industry. (Bismarck Tribune)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: In an effort to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the U.S. EPA is expected to fundamentally limit the way benefits are calculated by curbing climate change and emissions. (Politico)

RENEWABLES: In the face of potential barriers put up by the Trump administration, the wind and solar industries are turning to conservative lawmakers for support. (Bloomberg)

• The Ohio Power Siting Board approves plans for two natural gas plants that total 2,040 megawatts. (Associated Press)
• About two dozen activists protest outside the Kansas Corporation Commission over a permit granted to a company to operate saltwater injection wells in the Flint Hills area of the state. (Lawrence Journal-World)

PIPELINES: North Dakota’s governor says a $15 million donation by the Dakota Access pipeline developer to help defray law enforcement costs from protests was “unusual” but benefited taxpayers. (Bismarck Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Manufacturers are installing more charging stations around the country with increasingly shorter charge times for electric vehicles. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: A columnist points out the revolving door of former lawmakers in Illinois who go on to register as lobbyists for utility companies. (Illinois News Network)

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