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)

• 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)

***SPONSORED LINK: The Michigan Energy Fair announces two new partners: The Sustainable Living Summit 2016 and The Great Lakes Emergency Preparedness Expo, June 24-25, Ingham County Fairgrounds, Mason, Michigan. For complete information go to www.glrea.org ***

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

• 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)

• “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)

• 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)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy has been a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News since 2014, following four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. He covers the state of Michigan and also compiles the Midwest Energy News daily email digest. Andy is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, where he focused on topics covered by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and wrote for the Great Lakes Echo. He was the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Edward Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Environmental Journalism at Michigan State.

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