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Report shows strong clean energy job growth across the Midwest

CLEAN ENERGY: A new report shows a collection of 12 Midwestern states added more than 30,000 clean energy jobs last year, a 5.41 percent increase from 2015, bringing the region’s total to roughly 600,000. (Toledo Blade)

• In Minnesota, clean energy jobs increased nearly four times faster than the overall job growth rate, prompting bipartisan calls from state officials to increase clean energy standards there. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Kansas ranks fourth among 12 Midwest states for clean energy job growth. (Wichita Eagle)

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EFFICIENCY: As Ameren seeks to lower its energy efficiency targets under Illinois’ new energy law, the utility is framing the debate as a civil rights and economic justice issue, arguing that lower targets would support low-income programs. (Midwest Energy News)

• North Dakota regulators approve the final permit needed for a $375 million, 300-megawatt wind project. (Forum News Service)
• DTE Energy has been in talks with landowners over a potential wind project in an eastern Michigan county, drawing early support and opposition. (MLive)

SOLAR: A neighborhood group in Detroit looks to build a 400-square-foot, solar-powered “treehouse” community center. (MLive)

COAL: Advocates start a clean energy advertising campaign in a west Michigan city in hopes of pushing the local utility to close a coal plant there. (Grand Haven Tribune)

OIL AND GAS: New details are given about plans for a 550-megawatt natural gas plant in Superior, Wisconsin, which would start being built in 2020 at the earliest. (Duluth News Tribune)

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REGULATION: President Trump’s nominee to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says FERC should not be choosing fuel sources when deciding whether to shore up uneconomic coal plants, saying it should be market driven. (RTO Insider)

• A new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis says Duke Energy’s coal gasification plant in Indiana is one of two recent examples of why the technology is not feasible and an “economic disaster” for consumers and investors.
• Advocates say antiquated laws in Missouri are blocking important clean energy transmission projects from moving forward. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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