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Minnesota eyes former landfills for solar projects

SOLAR: Minnesota regulators, solar companies, and Xcel Energy reach a compromise on calculating the “value of solar” for community projects that will increase payments to subscribers. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Minnesota officials plan to study the potential of using the state’s 110 closed municipal landfills for solar projects. (WCCO)
• City officials in Athens, Ohio, plan additional solar projects to offset electricity use at multiple public facilities. (Athens Post)
• La Crosse, Wisconsin, is recognized as a SolSmart community for making it easier to install solar projects. (La Crosse Tribune)
• “Not In My Backyard” opposition to large-scale solar projects becomes more common as more projects surface. (City Lab)

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TRANSPORTATION:
• Clean air advocates and electric vehicle drivers turn out for a public hearing in North Minneapolis to support proposed statewide rules to reduce transportation emissions. (North News/Energy News Network)
• More than half of Minnesota’s $47 million in Volkswagen settlement funds will be used to help electrify the state’s transportation sector, according to a draft plan by a state agency. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

CLEAN ENERGY: A growing movement to create energy districts in Iowa seeks to empower residents to provide their own power locally. (Energy News Network)

WIND: A southwestern Iowa county approves a cap on wind turbines that will effectively block future projects. (Radio Iowa)

NATURAL GAS:
• Environmental groups deliver petitions from more than 1,100 residents asking a Wisconsin electric cooperative to abandon plans for a new natural gas plant. (La Crosse Tribune)
• A court rules that a St. Louis natural gas company collected at least $4 million in unjustified surcharges from customers tied to pipeline replacement efforts. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

BIOFUELS: Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says he is satisfied following a meeting this week with President Trump about promised ethanol production targets. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COAL:
• An immigrant who survived the Chernobyl disaster now faces a yearslong attempt to clean coal ash contamination at his property in northwestern Indiana. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)
• A preliminary analysis released by the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Sierra Club and consumer advocates says “self-committing” by integrated utilities is driving up costs for customers. (Platts)
• A firm buys a former Ameren coal plant in Illinois and will oversee decommissioning, environmental cleanup and redevelopment. (St. Louis Business Journal)

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RENEWABLES: An American Electric Power subsidiary seeks proposals from potential offtakers of new wind and solar projects expected over the next three years. (North American Windpower)

COMMENTARY:
• Veterans can play a key role in planning a power grid of the future, which is closely linked to national security, write a Navy veteran and ComEd executive. (Energy News Network)
• A utility watchdog group finds Dairyland Power Cooperative helped draft letters for lawmakers in support of the utility’s plan to build a $700 million natural gas plant. (Energy and Policy Institute)

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