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Illinois regulators look to crack down on misleading ‘green energy’ claims

WIND: A Michigan-based company is developing a new turbine-less wind system that could cut the cost of offshore wind projects in half. (Midwest Energy News)

RENEWABLES:
• A Republican congressman from Nebraska describes his transition to generating renewable energy at his home. (EnergyWire)
Wind and solar accounted for all new U.S. generating capacity in January. (Utility Dive)
Illinois regulators are looking to crack down on misleading claims from retail electric suppliers to customers when marketing “green energy.” (Chicago Tribune)

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OHIO: The operator of a new natural gas plant in Ohio says state regulators should vote against two utilities’ income-guarantee requests in order to encourage investment in new plants. (Columbus Business First)

OIL AND GAS:
• A Michigan agency approves a permit for an exploratory oil well in metro Detroit. (Detroit Free Press)
• 2016 will likely be the first year that natural gas generation surpasses coal on an annual basis. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

SOLAR: Whole Foods announces a deal with SolarCity and NRG Energy to install rooftop solar panels at up to 100 store locations. (New York Times)

PIPELINES:
• Iowa regulators are expected to issue a decision Thursday on the Bakken oil pipeline project. (WHO-TV)
Residents in a southeast Minnesota county are concerned about a new natural gas pipeline that would pass through preserved parkland. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

STORAGE: Extending the federal Investment Tax Credit for solar will also provide a boost to the storage industry. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC CHOICE: A new energy policy in Michigan is being stalled due to a dispute over how to move forward with electric choice. (MLive)

CLIMATE:
• The Department of Defense updates its official “Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms” to include climate change. (Greenwire)
A new report says roughly one-third of congressional lawmakers are climate deniers. (Grist)

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COAL: U.S. utilities are now scheduled to retire nearly two gigawatts of coal capacity by 2021. (SNL/Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

COMMENTARY: Contrary to the “overly-heated rhetoric” from the coal industry, Illinois’ path forward “must include a confident embrace of a clean energy future.” (Southern Illinoisan)

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