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Illinois coalition calls for 35% renewable energy standard

ILLINOIS: A coalition including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel — but notably excluding Exelon — calls for a 35 percent by 2030 renewable energy standard. (Chicago Tribune)

ALSO: Despite the plug being pulled on the FutureGen project, Illinois lawmakers may not be ready to give up on “clean” coal. (E&E Daily)

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OHIO: A judge grants state regulators more time to examine FirstEnergy’s proposal to guarantee income for certain power plants. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

MEANWHILE: Cities and counties in southeast Ohio embark on an aggregation plan to advance clean energy in the absence of state leadership. (Midwest Energy News)

CLEAN ENERGY: 15 charts from Bloomberg New Energy Finance show the state of the U.S. clean energy industry. (Greentech Media)

• A coalition forms to fight a proposed Iowa crude oil pipeline. (Radio Iowa)
• Oklahoma officials shut down a wastewater injection well following an earthquake Friday. (Tulsa World)
• The drilling slowdown idles an Ohio pipe plant. (Columbus Business First)
• A Texas company suspends plans for a pipe manufacturing facility in Nebraska. (Norfolk Daily News)

ETHANOL: Three aging tank cars ignite in an ethanol train derailment in Iowa, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers takes aim at the Renewable Fuel Standard. (Cedar Rapids Gazette, The Hill)

UTILITIES: A unique partnership between the city of Minneapolis and Xcel Energy met for the first time yesterday. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

POLLUTION: New EPA rules would reduce emissions from wood-fired heaters. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY: Minnesota’s great solar boom is about to begin, and Ohio lawmakers should stand up to the Koch brothers. (Greentech Media, NRDC Switchboard)

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