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Xcel CEO says solar is best left to utilities

SOLAR:
• The CEO of Minnesota’s largest utility says the company supports utility-scale solar, but will continue to push back against residential and community projects. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• SunEdison enters a marketing partnership with NASCAR. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Why it took a Minnesota couple nearly a month to secure a permit for their home solar installation. (Faribault Daily News)

EFFICIENCY: While Ohio lawmakers engage in a high-profile debate over the state’s clean energy policy, a state loan program for small businesses continues to show results. (Midwest Energy News)

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NUCLEAR: Exelon’s CEO says the outcome of next month’s PJM capacity auction could determine the fate of two Illinois nuclear plants. (EnergyWire)

EPA: States that resist the Clean Power Plan will wind up putting more pressure on individual power plants to comply with regulations. (EnergyWire)

PIPELINES:
• Minnesota regulators approve $125 million in upgrades to two pipelines serving Twin Cities refineries. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• At a South Dakota hearing, Keystone XL opponents note that tax revenues from the first Keystone pipeline have fallen far short of projections. (Black Hills Pioneer)
• Activists form a human oil drop to protest the Straits of Mackinac pipeline. (MLive)

TRANSMISSION: Hundreds of people – mostly opponents – pack a hearing on the Grain Belt Express transmission line in rural Illinois. (Journal Gazette and Times-Courier)

RENEWABLES: Tribes in Minnesota, Wisconsin and three other states will receive technical support from the Department of Energy on renewable energy projects. (Indian Country Today)

BIOFUELS: A Michigan fueling station will offer four different blends of ethanol, the first of its kind in the state. (MLive)

POLITICS: Perhaps sensing a liability with voters, some Republican candidates are subtly shifting their tone on climate change. (E&E Daily)

COMMENTARY:
• Rural co-ops, in some cases, are ahead of the curve on clean energy. (ClimateProgress)
• Why the Clean Power Plan will be good for Minnesota’s economy. (MinnPost)

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