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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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SOLAR:
• 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)

CLIMATE:
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)

COMMENTARY:
• 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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