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Xcel Energy pledges carbon-free goal by 2050

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UTILITIES:
• Xcel Energy, which serves eight Midwest and Western states, announces plans to provide 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Xcel’s announcement Tuesday in Denver may have also revived a long debate over the viability of carbon capture technology. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Ohio consumer advocates say a proposed deal with state regulators involving FirstEnergy earnings is “contributing to the electric utilities’ subsidy culture” to the detriment of ratepayers. (Energy News Network)

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CLEAN TECH: A new $37 million innovation center at the Illinois Institute of Technology aims to foster partnerships between engineering students and faculty on various clean energy projects. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• AEP’s plan for two major solar projects in Appalachian Ohio could be a “landmark case” for solar in Ohio, the company says. (Columbus Business First)
• An environmental group joins a coal investor in calling for approval the plan, which would be the largest solar project in Ohio. (WVXU)
• Ameren Missouri’s community solar program is 85 percent subscribed after launching a few weeks ago. (eMissourian.com)

COAL:
• Producers often use a testing lab at the University of North Dakota to gain certification for refined “clean coal” to qualify for federal tax credits. (Reuters)
• The Trump administration is expected to announce regulatory rollbacks aimed at making it easier to build new coal plants. (New York Times)

WIND: As wind development expands in North Dakota, landowners are increasingly wary of the impacts on land and quality of life. (Christian Science Monitor)

PIPELINES:
• Protesting the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota spurred U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s run for Congress and commitment to climate change issues. (E&E News, subscription)
• Michigan officials approve a permit for Enbridge to install 48 new anchor supports on Line 5 to reduce distances where the pipeline is supported underwater. (Michigan Radio)
• Several Ohio landowners along the Nexus gas pipeline sue the developer and construction contractor, claiming they broke agreements to protect and restore properties. (Akron Beacon Journal)

VOLKSWAGEN SETTLEMENT:
• Wisconsin allocates $32 million in Volkswagen settlement funds to replace aging diesel-powered public transit buses across the state. (Milwaukee Business Journal)
• Illinois’ first round of funding delivers $19 million for public transit vehicles. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A central Ohio city council delays a vote on whether to approve a grant program to help residents pay for EV charging stations. (Columbus Dispatch)

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STORAGE: U.S. grid operators file plans with federal regulators on how they plan to integrate energy storage into wholesale power markets. (Utility Dive)

OVERSIGHT: A regional U.S. EPA administrator says he wants to work with North Dakota’s oil and coal industries “in an effort to improve regulations.” (Bismarck Tribune)

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