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This week’s Midwest Energy News: Minnesota coal plants shutting down, saving energy at Shedd Aquarium, and more

wind turbinesCOAL: Minnesota regulators approve the shutdown of another of the state’s coal plants. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

MORE COAL: A heavily coal-dependent Minnesota utility plans to shut down one coal-fired unit and convert another power plant to natural gas, with a long-term plan to get two-thirds of its power from natural gas or renewables. (Duluth News Tribune)

MISSOURI: Environmental groups and solar installers sue Ameren, saying the utility has failed to comply with the state’s voter-approved renewable energy mandate. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

CLIMATE: Iowa farmers recognize the effects of climate change, but may still be reluctant to support efforts to fight it. (New York Times)

OIL: Residents of Marktown, a historic neighborhood just outside Chicago surrounded on all sides by industry, worry their community’s days are numbered as BP expands its neighboring Whiting refinery. (Midwest Energy News)

EFFICIENCY: The Minneapolis city council approves rules requiring commercial buildings to be issued public ratings on their energy consumption. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

OIL: The South Dakota senate votes to approve a bill blocking North Dakota oil waste from being disposed of in the state. (Mitchell Daily Republic)

EFFICIENCY: Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium develops a plan to cut its energy consumption, the 83-year-old facility spends more than $1.5 million on electricity and natural gas each year. (Chicago Tribune)

RED STATE, GREEN REPUBLICAN: A Q&A with Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, who says his sustainability initiatives are less about the environment and more about “common sense.” (Midwest Energy News)

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