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‘Virtual’ power purchase agreements could boost wind farms

WIND: A draft U.S. Department of Energy report shows mainly minor or negligible short-term impacts from a plan to construct and operate six wind turbines approximately eight miles offshore of Cleveland. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: “Virtual power purchase agreements” are gaining steam around the country and could “provide a significant boost” to Indiana wind farms. (Indianapolis Business Journal)

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• The U.S. solar industry installed nearly 2,400 megawatts in the second quarter this year, representing the largest total in a second quarter to date. (Solar Industry Magazine)
• A group of volunteers in Indiana are helping residents install solar panels under current net metering rules before they are phased out. (WFPL)
• Officials in a Minnesota town approve a 3-megawatt solar garden on rural residential property but require that it not be visible to neighbors. (Forum News Service)
• Students at the University of Illinois develop a solar-powered cell phone case that charges devices with indoor and outdoor light. (WCCU)

• In the small town where the first high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing well will be drilled in Illinois, residents are optimistic about the industry’s potential. (Southern Illinoisan)
• Proposed changes to oil rules in North Dakota are meant to address growing frustrations among mineral owners and provide more information about deductions taken from royalty payments. (Bismarck Tribune)

RENEWABLES: A new pilot program in Michigan will allow large customers of Consumers Energy to purchase renewable energy from the utility. (Grand Rapids Business Journal)

UTILITIES: Michigan regulators begin designing new state-mandated rules for setting the state’s future power generation known as integrated resource planning. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

CLEAN ENERGY: A new report shows the “galloping momentum of clean-energy jobs” in Missouri. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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PIPELINES: Opponents begin a national campaign to protest the company developing the Dakota Access pipeline. (Bismarck Tribune)

• A Forbes columnist says Ohio’s shale wells are seeing increased production so far this year, with more opportunities for growth as new pipelines are built.
• A wind energy advocate says wind development is benefiting landowners and providing jobs in South Dakota. (Watertown Public Opinion)

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