Minnesota AG says solar companies misled customers

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SOLAR: Minnesota attorney general sues four Utah-based companies violated consumer protection laws and used deceptive practices to push Minnesota residents into expensive solar contracts. (Star Tribune)

TOO:
• State regulators will hold a hearing next week on a draft 129 MW solar project in northwestern Ohio. (Blade of Toledo)
• Illinois school district’s new solar panel should save it around $16,000 per year and provide educational opportunities for students. (WCBU)

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BIOFUELS: Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds plans to sign legislation requiring year-round sales gasoline with higher blends of ethanol. (Iowa Capital Shipment)

UTILITIES:
• Four people, including two former executives of ComEd, charged as part of a bribery system involving public service and former House Speaker Michael Madigan’s inner circle will face a jury trial later this year. (ChicagoTribune)
• Negotiate a new franchise agreement with MidAmerican Energy could give Des Moines, Iowa leverage to help achieve a 24/7 renewable energy goal. (Axios)

PIPES:
• Documents show efforts made by Speyer officials last year to building support for its St. Louis-area gas pipeline after a court ordered it to be temporarily closed. (Missouri Independent)
• North Dakota Farm Bureau president says carbon capture pipeline proposals have caused more concern landowners than any other issue he has encountered while running the organization for nearly seven years. (Tribune of Bismarck)
• More than 20 Iowa counties now have adopted formal resolutions oppose the use of eminent domain for carbon capture pipelines. (OMS13)

HYDROGEN: Ohio’s economic development organizations say the state’s geography and access to various energy sources make it a optimal location develop hydrogen production facilities. (Cantonal deposit)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• An aluminum recycling company is planning a $150 million expansion in southwestern Michigan to develop a new line of electric vehicle products. (MLive)
• Michigan State University begins planning the conversion closely 370 vehicles from the campus fleet to electric models over the next decade. (MLive)

STORAGE: Planned expansions of battery storage manufacturing facilities in Michigan and Ohio are part of broader LG Energy Solution program $5.5 billion growth plan In the years to come. (S&P Global)

CLEAN ENERGY: A Net Zero Housing Community in Northwest Michigan Can Serve as a model for other property developers as the state pursues a goal of carbon neutrality in 2050. (News 9&10)

GRID: North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum declares a statewide emergency and plans to seek federal assistance following a blizzard that caused widespread damage to network infrastructure. (Associated Press)

COMMENT: The president and CEO of Chicago natural gas supplier Peoples Gas says higher heating bills are due to infrastructure upgrades are “completely false”. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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