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Iowa utility plans historic $3.6 billion, 2,000-megawatt wind project

WIND: MidAmerican Energy plans a $3.6 billion, 2,000 megawatt wind project in Iowa, which would be the largest economic development project in the state’s history. (The Gazette)

ALSO:
FirstEnergy unveils a new program that allows residential customers to buy 100 percent wind power at the same price as its standard power. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
A new report says the wind industry could support up to 22,000 jobs in Ohio. (Dayton Daily News)

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CLIMATE: A Canadian evangelical climate researcher confronts the challenges with convincing American conservatives to care about climate change. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL:
• Environmental groups hope Peabody’s bankruptcy will hasten the transition from coal to renewables. (MarketWatch)
Residents in one western Indiana town are worried about potential job losses following the Peabody bankruptcy. (Tribune Star)
Financial experts say cheap natural gas and an oversupplied market of inexpensive coal were the primary drivers of Peabody’s bankruptcy — not environmental regulations. (ClimateWire)
Hundreds of homes in Iowa sit on top of old, abandoned coal mines that are susceptible to creating sinkholes. (KCCI-TV)
Today is the last day Duke Energy burns coal at a 1950s-era plant in Indiana. (Tribune-Star)

FRACKING: A new study says fracking operations in 2014 released 5.3 billion pounds of methane into the atmosphere. (Grist)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Corporations that are lining up in support of the federal rules and transitioning to clean energy “says a lot about its ability to excel in an era of rapid global transformation.” (Forbes)

SOLAR: A pair of solar projects are expected to start construction in Duluth, Minnesota later this year. (Duluth News Tribune)

BIOFUELS:
• The Iowa Senate votes unanimously to extend tax credits for biodiesel and ethanol until 2025. (The Gazette)
Illinois lawmakers consider restructuring tax incentives for ethanol. (State Journal-Register)

COMMENTARY:
• Wind development in Wisconsin may be gaining steam despite Gov. Scott Walker’s opposition to clean energy development. (CleanTechnica)
The Midwest is well-suited to lead in wind development. (MLive)
Exelon’s Illinois nuclear plants should benefit from state subsidies in the same way renewable sources do. (Quad-City Times)

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