CLEAN POWER PLAN: All but one state — Oklahoma — are preparing to comply with the Clean Power Plan, even as some sue to block it. (InsideClimate News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Minnesota’s largest co-op will let electric vehicle owners charge up with wind power at no additional cost. (Midwest Energy News)

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• As Rochester, Minnesota seeks to dramatically transform its downtown, advocates say the city’s reliance on fossil fuels could be a liability. (Midwest Energy News)
• Ohio University seeks a consultant to help it reach its 20 percent renewable energy goal. (Athens News)

TRANSMISSION: Wisconsin regulators reject a request for a new hearing on a recently approved transmission line. (Wisconsin State Journal)

WIND: Ohio’s restrictions on wind energy are making it more difficult to attract large data centers. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

PIPELINES: Minnesota regulators hear arguments from protesters and state agencies raising concerns about the route of a proposed pipeline, a decision is expected Friday. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

• A new project maps natural gas leaks throughout Chicago. (Chicago Tribune)
• North Dakota officials increase well inspections, and shut some sites down, ahead of anticipated flooding this weekend. (Associated Press)
• A study correlates proximity to fracking sites with lower birth weights. (Columbus Dispatch)

ETHANOL: Why both the oil and ethanol industries are upset over the EPA’s handling of renewable fuel targets. (Greenwire)

COAL: A coal miners union plans to sue the EPA over pollution rules. (The Hill)

EFFICIENCY: LED bulbs are increasingly competitive with compact fluorescents on price. (New York Times)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Officials consider a trash-to-energy plant in the same Wisconsin county where a similar project by the Oneida tribe is under dispute. (Green Bay Press-Gazette)

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UTILITIES: Local officials push back against the Lansing mayor’s proposal to privatize the city’s utility. (Lansing City Pulse)

COMMENTARY: Many states that are trying to block the Clean Power Plan are already on track to comply. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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