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Wisconsin utility plans to eliminate coal by 2050

POLITICS: A complaint filed with the IRS claims a utility-backed nonprofit advocacy group playing an outsized role in Michigan’s primary election is violating federal tax and campaign finance laws. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: Wisconsin utility Alliant Energy announces plans to cut carbon emissions 80 percent and eliminate all coal use by 2050. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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RENEWABLES: Critics say Minneapolis’ plan for reaching 100 percent renewable energy relies too heavily on purchasing credits, shortchanging potential economic and social justice benefits. (Energy News Network)

CLEAN ENERGY: A Michigan nonprofit invests $3 million into a St. Paul, Minnesota, program that offers loans for commercial clean energy projects in low-income neighborhoods. (Finance & Commerce)

EMISSIONS: Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota are among 19 states vowing to sue to halt the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of Obama-era fuel efficiency standards. (Reuters)

SOLAR:
• The number of participants in Minnesota solar group-buying programs continues to grow. (White Bear Press)
• A western Nebraska town moves closer to developing its first community solar project. (Hemingford Ledger)

WIND:
• More than 50 wind turbines will be built in rural eastern Indiana to power a Facebook data center in Ohio. (Richmond Palladium-Item)
• Critics say efforts by wind energy opponents in five mid-Michigan townships to adopt local zoning rules would increase taxes and not necessarily stop projects. (Alma Morning Sun)
• Invenergy is pursuing a wind project that would be the largest in a southern Michigan county. (Hillsdale Daily News)
• Some residents are becoming skeptical of a 300 MW wind project in central Kansas. (Marion County Record)

OIL AND GAS: A worn valve that converts oil into gasoline caused an explosion at a Wisconsin refinery in April, investigators find. (KSTP)

PIPELINES: Dakota Access pipeline opponents vow to continue their fight in federal court as the developer pursues a lawsuit against environmental groups. (Reuters, Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: A proposed solar project in southwestern Michigan would “promote conservation, preserve farmland and provide significant revenue to the local community,” the town’s former mayor says. (Sturgis Journal)

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