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Wisconsin governor’s climate pledge faces economic, political challenges

SOLAR: Iowa may be the next battleground over net metering policy as MidAmerican Energy proposes alternatives that critics say would “decimate the future of distributed solar” in the state. (Energy News Network)

• Wisconsin regulators will decide the fate of two massive proposed solar projects that would quadruple the state’s solar capacity. (Energy News Network)
• Minnesota’s installed solar capacity increased 47 percent in 2018 mostly due to community solar projects, according to state officials. (Pioneer Press)
• Consumers Energy customers will be able to purchase shares of a planned solar garden project in northern Michigan. (Cadillac News)

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• Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ pledge to cut carbon emissions is a major policy shift for the state, but it faces economic and political challenges. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• Experts say U.S. emissions have declined as economic activity grows, though policies are needed to keep emissions from rising. (Energy News Network)

GRID: The CEO of grid operator PJM says planned closures of nuclear and coal plants won’t impact reliability. (Bloomberg)

WIND: Days after Ford announced a major wind purchasing agreement through DTE Energy, General Motors announces it will do the same. (Recharge)

• Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ budget plan is expected to include incentives for new renewable energy projects. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• A combined wind-solar-storage plant in Minnesota can produce renewable energy year-round. (Yale Climate Connections)

POWER PLANTS: The developers of a planned natural gas plant in northeastern Ohio says the project will bring in millions of dollars of new tax revenue for the area. (Youngstown Vindicator)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA will study the impact of ethanol emissions from vehicles on air quality as it seeks to settle a legal dispute with environmental groups. (E&E News, subscription)

• A former Michigan Public Service Commission member says clean energy should remain accessible for all ratepayers. (Lansing State Journal)
• Wisconsin is poised to make progress on several of the provisions in the Green New Deal, an environmental group says. (Janesville Gazette)
• Advocates say the Illinois Adjustable Block Program has the potential to launch a “massive build out of distributed generation and community solar projects.” (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• A member of the Michigan Democratic Black Caucus says out-of-state solar lobbyists are pushing lawmakers to maintain policies that are unfair to all ratepayers. (Bridge Magazine)

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