COAL: Why proposed new temperature limits on Chicago-area waterways could hasten the demise of two coal-fired power plants. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: Coal companies risk being kicked off the New York Stock Exchange as their stock prices continue to decline. (ClimateWire)

***SPONSORED LINK: The Illinois Renewable Energy Conference, July 16 in Normal, Illinois, will feature plenary sessions of interest to all areas of renewable energy, plus specific breakout sessions for wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and energy efficiency.***

• A small Minnesota town will offset 100 percent of its electricity through a community solar project. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• An Iowa college will soon begin work on what will be one of the state’s largest solar projects, thanks in large part to a recent state Supreme Court ruling. (Midwest Energy News)
• A solar component manufacturer plans a new Ohio manufacturing facility. (Columbus Dispatch)
• The Indiana Municipal Power Association seeks a location for its next solar park. (Crawfordsville Journal Review)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Utilities say they will “do the right thing” and work with the EPA on implementing carbon rules. (Forbes)

ILLINOIS: Critics challenge Gov. Brucer Rauner’s plan to withhold state assistance for utility bills. (Chicago Tribune)

ONLY A DRILL: Emergency crews from three states participate in a mock oil train disaster in Wisconsin, and coal miners compete in a safety and rescue competition in Illinois. (Wisconsin State Journal, Associated Press)

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CLEAN ECONOMY: Ten Wisconsin clean energy startups are chosen for a new training program run by the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: It’s time for Michigan’s legislature to “listen to the people” on renewable energy. (MLive)

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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