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Study: Ohio ‘freeze’ would cost ratepayers $3 billion by 2030

OHIO: A new study says Ohio’s “freeze” on clean energy standards would cost ratepayers $3 billion through 2030. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

RENEWABLES:
• A Wisconsin economist says regulators have tools at their disposal to help utilities find value in clean energy and distributed generation for their shareholders. (Midwest Energy News)
• AEP plans to triple the amount of renewable energy in its portfolio within the next 20 years. (Columbus Business First)

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ILLINOIS: Dynegy proposes a bill in the state legislature that would move all of Illinois into the PJM power market. (RTO Insider)

SOLAR:
• Work starts this week on a 62-megawatt solar project in Minnesota, one of the state’s largest. (Associated Press)
A company is selected to install solar panels for an Ohio solar cooperative. (Chronicle-Telegram)

MARKET: Free wind to the west and cheap gas to the east is causing problems for nuclear and coal plants in Illinois. (Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR:
• “Little has changed” in the Illinois political environment since last year when Exelon first sought what critics call a “bailout” of its struggling nuclear plants. (Chicago Tribune)
More than 1,500 people rally in support of Exelon’s nuclear plants. (World Nuclear News)

UTILITIES: FirstEnergy customers in Ohio will see their electric bills drop as state regulators approve the utility’s latest rate request in anti-climatic fashion. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

CONGRESS: Early discussions of the House version of a sweeping energy plan are off to a rocky start. (E&E Daily)

POLLUTION: Illinois drivers are finding “extraordinarily long” lines at vehicle emissions testing sites across the state. (CBS Chicago)

POLITICS:
• Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump delivers the keynote address at an energy conference in North Dakota, emphasizing a reliance on fossil fuels. (Associated Press)
It took North Dakota’s leading oil industry group, a congressman and a billionaire to lure Trump to speak at the event. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Michigan is on track to take advantage of energy efficiency. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

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