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Wisconsin regulators to consider controversial natural gas plant

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POWER PLANTS: The debate over a proposed 550 MW, $700 million natural gas plant now heads before Wisconsin regulators, though the odds of blocking it are not in clean energy groups’ favor. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: A federal judge rules the Keystone XL developer can’t conduct pre-construction work until a government environmental review is completed. (Lincoln Journal Star)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• General Motors fights to keep a $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles amid the fallout of its announcement to close several manufacturing plants. (Associated Press)
• GM is discontinuing the plug-in hybrid Volt as drivers’ need for a backup generator in the car “is just going away.” (Greentech Media)
• Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the company may be interested in buying a GM plant if it closed. (WXYZ)

SOLAR:
• Bills likely to pass the Michigan legislature this year seek to clarify tax exemptions for small-scale solar installations. (MiBiz)
• A city and school district in southwestern Minnesota invest in three solar projects to keep energy costs down. (Marshall Independent)
• An eastern Illinois city partners with an out-of-state developer on a project in hopes of securing state solar incentives. (Champaign News-Gazette)
• One of the fast-growing solar markets in Illinois involves partnering with farmers who are willing to lease land for projects. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Community solar projects help an increasing number of Nebraska residents invest in solar. (Hastings Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: Custom builders say net-zero energy homes can pay for themselves in a short period of time, even in colder Midwest climates. (InsideClimate News)

RENEWABLES:
• Cincinnati’s city council approves a resolution aiming to power city operations on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. (WCPO)
• Development and utility officials in Nebraska say including renewable energy can help secure deals for new development projects. (Hastings Tribune)

OIL AND GAS: North Dakota health officials seek input on establishing a permit system for using bioremediation to clean up oil spills. (Bismarck Tribune)

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ADVOCACY: Author and activist Winona LaDuke says a “Green New Deal” should be indigenous-led. (Common Dreams)

EMISSIONS: Wisconsin public health advocates raise concerns about the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back air quality regulations on power plants. (WUWM)

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