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ILLINOIS: Ameren says it plans to exit the power generating business in Illinois, leaving the fate of its coal plants in doubt. (Chicago Tribune)

COAL: Backers of underground coal gasification say the technology may have a bright future in a carbon-constrained world, and a state agency backs Otter Tail Power’s plan to continue operating a Minnesota coal plant through 2020. (Midwest Energy News, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

EPA: An appeals court refuses to hear a challenge to EPA greenhouse gas rules, potentially sending the case to the Supreme Court. (Greenwire)

EFFICIENCY: A study finds a Wisconsin energy efficiency program delivered $2.46 in savings for every dollar invested in 2011, and a GM plant in Ohio reduces its energy intensity by 33 percent. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Youngstown Vindicator)

ALSO: It’s widely assumed that rental property owners have less incentive to invest in efficiency upgrades than homeowners, a new Berkeley study puts that hypothesis to the test. (New York Times)

POLITICS: Conservative groups push lawmakers from states with renewable standards to oppose wind tax credits, and a coalition of labor and environmental groups calls on President Obama to take action on climate change. (The Hill)

CLIMATE: A poll finds fewer Americans have confidence that their individual actions can help fight global warming. (New York Times)

BIOFUELS: How a Canadian company was able to game the U.S. biofuel credit market by running the same train full of biodiesel back and forth across the border. (CBC News)

COMMENTARY: Why the marketplace is the “first responder” on climate change. (EnergyBiz)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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