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Top Wisconsin environmental regulator appointed to EPA Midwest office

REGULATION: The head of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources — who has questioned the role of human activity in climate change and last year ordered such information to be removed from state websites — is appointed to be the deputy administrator of the U.S. EPA office overseeing Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, where she will hold the top post until an administrator is appointed. (Wisconsin State Journal, The Hill)

EFFICIENCY: A bipartisan group of Ohio lawmakers saw firsthand how energy efficiency programs support good jobs as they met with union and business leaders last week at a Cleveland-area training facility. (Midwest Energy News)

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FINANCE: Two West Michigan cities adopt Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs, but do so in a relatively uncommon way compared to other communities in the state. (Midwest Energy News)

• Tribes fighting the Dakota Access pipeline say the developer is overstating the potential impacts of a shutdown and “brought potential problems on itself” by building the project despite the uncertainty of final federal approval. (Associated Press)
• Six people are arrested on trespassing charges near the Minnesota-Wisconsin border after stopping construction on the Line 3 pipeline replacement project. (Duluth News Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A $10 million rebate proposal from American Electric Power and environmental groups would double the amount of EV charging stations in Ohio by giving incentives to various property owners. (Columbus Dispatch)

• The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska plans to install 1,000 solar panels across 13 sites in an effort to reduce energy bills by $40,000 a year. (Sioux City Journal)
• Michigan’s largest municipal utility plans construction on a 24-megawatt solar project. (Fox 47)
• A technical college in Madison, Wisconsin is planning what will be the state’s largest rooftop solar project, expecting to save the school about $200,000 a year in energy costs after being completed next year. (The Clarion)

NUCLEAR: The Electric Power Supply Association and other independent generators file an appeal of a lower court decision upholding nuclear subsidies in Illinois. (Utility Dive)

• The Three Affiliated Tribes, whose reservation accounts for a fifth of North Dakota’s oil production, has imposed a higher tax rate for drillers. (Associated Press)
• An Illinois town considers tax incentives for a planned $1 billion natural gas plant. (Springfield State Journal-Register)

WIND: A northern Michigan town enters into a new wind energy contract due to growing wind energy opposition near the previously contracted project. (Petoskey News-Review)

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GRID: Following high-wind storms in March, Michigan regulators want the state’s two major utilities to update their grid infrastructure and install more smart meters. (WLNS)

CLEAN ENERGY: A state representative from southwest Michigan hosts a town hall meeting about the potential for clean energy amid plans to close a nuclear plant there. (WWMT)

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