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This week’s Midwest Energy News: Energy efficiency creates jobs in Ohio, smart grid trial delivers free solar panels in Illinois, and more

SOLAR: A Minnesota firm is selected to build a 3 MW solar project near Boston. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: A new report says 10,000 jobs in Ohio are tied to increasing energy efficiency, with a $2.1 billion annual impact. (Columbus Dispatch)

COAL: A nationwide sweep of coal mines targeting causes of black lung disease finds 120 violations in seven states, including Ohio and Illinois. (NPR)

EFFICIENCY: A new wave of devices will help consumers control lightbulbs from their smart phones or laptops, and give them more information about their electricity use, but will they really save energy? (Midwest Energy News)

SMART GRID: After a worldwide search, Oak Park, Illinois, is selected for a two-year smart grid trial led by a Korean institute, which will install free solar panels on 200 buildings in the town. (Chicago Tribune)

WIND: Iowa’s wind industry braces for production tax credit fallout. (IowaWatch)

ALSO: The race for a seat on North Dakota’s Public Service Commission turns into one of the state’s most heated campaigns. (Fargo Forum)

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Plus: A Minnesota firm is selected to build a three-megawatt solar project near Boston.

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