Minnesota agency issues draft permits for Line 3 pipeline

PIPELINES: A Minnesota agency issues three draft permits for the Line 3 pipeline expansion project, setting off a month-long public comment period. (MPR News)

TRANSMISSION: The ongoing dispute over a proposed Wisconsin transmission project is part of a broader debate about who pays for and benefits from the changing electric generation business. (Chicago Tribune)

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COAL:
• An Indiana Senate committee advances a bill aimed at slowing coal plant retirements with amendments that would shorten the bill’s end-date and protect ratepayers from cost increases. (Indianapolis Star)
• “Nobody’s really for this bill, so why does it keep moving?” an official with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce asks of a bill to slow coal plant retirements.

Indiana Senate anticipates changes to coal bailout bill

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Community groups in Chicago call for more input and oversight on plans to redevelop a former coal plant site, raising concerns that a planned distribution hub will cause more air pollution. (Energy News Network)

OVERSIGHT: Advocates say a former Democratic lawmaker recently appointed to the Missouri Public Service Commission can help lead action on clean energy policies. (Energy News Network)

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COAL:
• As Indiana Senate lawmakers consider changes to a bill that would slow coal plant retirements, an analysis says keeping them open longer would not help with reliability. (CBS 4, Chicago Tribune)
• The Federal Trade Commission challenges a proposed merger between St.

Gov. Whitmer wants Michigan to prepare for ‘next era of mobility’

SOLAR: Multiple Midwest states struggle with solar access for low-income and marginalized communities, while a recent report from clean energy advocates calls on utilities to do more. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• A proposed 200 MW solar project in southeastern Wisconsin would be the second-largest in the state. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• Local officials will hold a public hearing today for a proposed 150 MW solar project in west-central Illinois. (Journal Courier)
• County officials approve plans for a community solar project in southeastern Minnesota. (Winona Daily News)

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Renewable energy investments help AEP hit earnings targets

Clarification: Michigan regulators ordered major changes to DTE Energy’s long-range energy plan last week but did not issue a formal rejection. An item in Friday’s newsletter was unclear about the action taken. POLICY: Major clean energy legislation in Illinois would be funded through a small increase in a utility customer charge, possibly offset with savings from shaking up how the state ensures long-term energy supplies. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: American Electric Power expects to hit earnings growth targets through 2024 in large part through capital investments in renewable energy. (Utility Dive)

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Minnesota solar jobs decline amid national growth

SOLAR: Minnesota solar jobs declined nearly 6% in 2019 while the sector grew more than 2% nationally, according to a Solar Foundation report. (Star Tribune)

ALSO:
• A We Energies program that partners with various entities to host solar projects passes the 5 MW milestone. (WTMJ)
• County City officials in mid-Michigan explore expanding solar generation while renovating a wastewater treatment plant to qualify for additional state grant funding. (Daily News)
• A 20 MW solar project nears completion in western Kansas that will be the largest in the state. (KSNW)

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