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This week’s Midwest Energy News: Enbridge proposes another pipeline expansion through northern Minnesota

post-top-transmission-towerIOWA: Microsoft and Facebook are among companies that have submitted comments in favor of expanding distributed generation in Iowa. (Des Moines Register)

TRANSPORTATION: As more travelers seek alternatives to driving, a bus company serving small Minnesota cities is seeing strong growth in ridership. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

ILLINOIS: A report commissioned by business groups finds deregulation has saved the state’s consumers $36 billion over the past 16 years. (Associated Press)

NATURAL GAS: Basin Electric adds another natural-gas fired generating unit to provide electricity for North Dakota’s oil patch. (Bismarck Tribune)

WISCONSIN: If Warren Buffett tries to buy Wisconsin utilities, a state regulation could complicate the deal. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

OIL: Enbridge proposes another pipeline expansion through northern Minnesota. (Duluth News Tribune)

WIND: A new report finds Iowa is getting 27 percent of its electricity from wind, followed closely by South Dakota. (Des Moines Register)

SOLAR: A report finds the residential solar market grew by 60 percent last year. (Forbes)

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