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This week’s Midwest Energy News: Lake Michigan wind turbine turning a profit, 2012 was one hot year, and more

solar panels on houseWIND: The Port of Milwaukee says its wind turbine along Lake Michigan is turning a profit. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

ILLINOIS: Carbondale, in the heart of southern Illinois coal country, approves a plan to buy 100 percent renewable power as part of its municipal aggregation deal. (Carbondale Southern Illinoisan)

CLIMATE: 2012 was the hottest year ever recorded in the United States, with the year’s average temperature a full degree hotter than the previous record set in 1998. (New York Times)

SOLAR: A bill to require 10 percent of Minnesota’s electricity to come from solar will be at the top of the legislature’s clean energy agenda this year. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: In an EPA settlement announced Friday, Wisconsin Public Service Corp. will stop burning coal at two power plants and spend $300 million upgrading others. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

WIND: Is a recent Wisconsin study the smoking gun that proves wind turbine noise causes health problems? It depends on whom you ask, and more importantly, whether that person is qualified to answer the question. (Midwest Energy News)

EFFICIENCY: Illinois’ new building code — one of the strictest in the U.S. — went into effect on January 1, creating headaches for some home builders, but also opportunities for others in the construction sector. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR: Minnesota’s largest solar array goes online, a new 1.1-megawatt solar project is nearly complete in an area of Cleveland known as the “Forgotten Triangle,” and an Omaha homeowner is forced to remove $40,000 worth of solar panels from his roof after a legal dispute with his homeowners association. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Omaha World-Herald)

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