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This week’s Midwest Energy News: Citigroup predicts a worldwide solar boom, Goodhue decision delayed, and more

solar installerSOLAR: Citigroup predicts solar power will boom worldwide and soon become cost-competitive with natural gas. (ClimateWire)

FRACKING: The owner of an Ohio drilling company and an employee are indicted by a grand jury for dumping 20,000 gallons of fracking wastewater in Youngstown. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

POLICY: A bipartisan group says U.S. energy policy is “like an orchestra without a conductor,” and offers a blueprint to move forward. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: Minnesota regulators delay a decision on the Goodhue wind farm. (Finance & Commerce)

COMMENTARY: A Minnesota high school student shares her disappointment with how her school handles teaching climate science. (GEEKs network)

AT THE CAPITOL: Legislation advances in three states to challenge renewable energy standards; in Kansas, a lobbyist for Koch Industries met privately with a House committee chair prior to the committee’s approval of a bill weakening that state’s law. (Midwest Energy News, Topeka Capital-Journal)

TRANSPORTATION: Minnesota considers a sales tax increase to support transit, and a Milwaukee group says electronic toll roads could help finance highway repairs. (Great Lakes Echo, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

OIL: Lawsuits claim that members of a North Dakota tribe were cheated out of more than $1 billion in a rush for drilling rights. (ProPublica)

CHICAGO: A tire-burning power plant in the city’s southern suburbs, which lawmakers in 2010 proposed to classify as “renewable energy,” will shut down permanently. (Chicago Tribune)

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Plus: A Minnesota high school student shares her disappointment with how her school handles teaching climate science.

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