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South Dakota regulator expects wind development to give way to solar

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RENEWABLES: A South Dakota utility regulator says federal tax credits will drive new wind development in the short term but solar is poised to grow beyond 2020. (Clean Energy Finance Forum)

UTILITIES: University of Iowa officials are set to consider a public-private partnership that would have a private company manage the school’s $100 million utility system. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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• In partnership with Ameren Missouri, a St. Louis hospital installs a 1.8 MW solar project on an employee parking garage. (Daily Energy Insider)
County officials approve a 1 MW community solar project in southern Minnesota. (Mankato Free Press)
• A western Illinois county adopts an ordinance regulating large-scale solar projects. (WLDS)
• The FBI is investigating the spending on two energy projects near Kansas City involving the demolition of a power plant and a solar project. (KSHB)

REGULATION: A Michigan utility regulator says proposed federal changes to the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act are consistent with maintaining competitive pricing but some aspects are “overly ambitious.” (Utility Dive)

Joining the U.S. Climate Alliance to uphold the goals of the Paris climate agreement is part of several climate efforts under the Evers administration in Wisconsin. (Wisconsin Examiner)
• Climate activists continue calling on University of Iowa officials to stage a faster phase-out of coal on campus. (KCRG)

OIL & GAS: Construction was completed this month on $400 million in upgrades at a Minnesota oil refinery that includes pollution controls and energy efficiency. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

BIOFUELS: Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says the Trump administration’s rhetoric on biofuel support is a “broken record” that has yet to match its policies. (E&E News, subscription)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Local officials in northeastern Ohio consider setting a 100% clean energy goal by 2025. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

• An Illinois columnist says ethanol supporters need a stronger message about climate change if they seek to bolster the industry. (Decatur Herald & Review)
• Environmental advocates say the Clean Energy Jobs Act in Illinois would spur tens of billions of dollars in new investment through 2030. (Environmental Defense Fund)

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