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Illinois residents seek class-action suit over Prairie State

SOLAR: Advocates say a closely watched battle over utility policy in Wisconsin could determine the fate of solar development throughout the region. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: Residents of an Illinois town are pursuing a class-action lawsuit over rate increases from the Prairie State Energy Campus. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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WIND: Wind energy prices are at all-time lows, according to the Department of Energy; and developers of an Illinois wind farm seek another permit extension. (InsideClimate News, Paxton Record)

TRANSMISSION: An environmental assessment pegs the cost of a proposed Wisconsin at up to $580 million. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

CLIMATE: Latino groups support EPA carbon rules, and Missouri utilities see Kansas wind power as key to meeting carbon targets. (The Hill, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

SECURITY: An internal investigation finds Nuclear Regulatory Commission computers were successfully hacked three times in recent years. (Reuters)

POLLUTION: Traffic on the Ohio River was temporarily shut down Monday after thousands of gallons of diesel were spilled at a Kentucky power plant. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

POLITICS: Microsoft leaves the American Legislative Exchange Council over the group’s opposition to renewable energy. (CNET)

UTILITIES: Anticipating a wave of retirements, Xcel opens a new employee training facility in Minnesota. (KSTP)

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OHIO: Green Energy Ohio announces its 12th renewable energy tour. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

COMMENTARY: Why upholding FERC’s Order 1000 is a win for consumers. (The Energy Collective)

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