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Deregulation has not led to lower electric costs in Ohio

RENEWABLES:
• A shareholder resolution would push utility Ameren Missouri to generate 30 percent of its portfolio from renewables by 2030. (Midwest Energy News)
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder supports proposed legislation for a 30 percent renewable energy/efficiency goal by 2025. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Tesla Motors Inc. official says the company is still actively pushing Michigan lawmakers on being able to directly sell its electric vehicles to customers there. (Midwest Energy News) 

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RATES: Some large energy users in Minnesota would see decreased rates while average residential customers’ bills would increase under a plan filed with state regulators. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Polling across multiple Midwest states shows strong support for the federal rules. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Michigan’s attorney general is one of four being attacked in a recent advertising campaign over his position against the Clean Power Plan. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

DEREGULATION: Since moving to a deregulated energy market in 2001, Ohioans are not paying less in electric costs. (Canton Repository)

SOLAR:
• While only one community solar project is operating in Minnesota, hundreds are in the pipeline and will likely be built next year. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Developers are waiting to see if Illinois lawmakers will offer incentives before construction starts on a large solar project there. (Southern Illinoisan)
Senator Al Franken visits a Minnesota farm using solar to help power their operations. (KTTC-TV)

KEYSTONE XL: Despite being rejected by President Obama, the Keystone XL project still faces multiple legal challenges. (Lincoln Journal Star)

OIL AND GAS: Ameren Illinois will invest $5.3 million in a new natural gas control center. (Decatur Herald & Review)

COMMENTARY:
• Despite the downturn, tens of thousands of good-paying jobs across the Midwest still are linked to the oil and gas industry. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Why hydropower should not be considered “green.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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