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Carbon rules due Monday: Opportunity, or threat?

CLIMATE: Some utilities see an “opportunity” in pending EPA carbon rules, others are “on pins and needles.” (Los Angeles Times)

• How California’s cap-and-trade program helped fund a biodigester in Wisconsin. (New York Times)
• John Boehner says he’s “not qualified to debate” climate science. (ThinkProgress)
• The White House dismisses “doomsday claims” about the economic impact of carbon regulations. (The Hill)
• North Dakota officials worry about Minnesota’s cost-of-carbon recalculation. (Minnesota Watchdog)
• American Electric Power expects to shut down some coal plants as a result of new carbon rules. (Bloomberg)

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EFFICIENCY: While one Missouri utility is “overperforming” on energy efficiency, an agreement this week will help another of the state’s major utilities get caught up. (Midwest Energy News)

MICHIGAN: A bill in the Michigan legislature would allow fuels produced from hazardous waste to count as renewable energy. (Detroit Free Press)

NUCLEAR: The Illinois House passes a resolution aimed at helping Exelon’s nuclear plants compete. (Associated Press)

COAL: A study finds Alberta could save money over the coming decades by using renewable energy instead of coal; and the utility in Muscatine, Iowa plans to continue using coal despite tougher regulations. (Bloomberg, Muscatine Journal)

COAL ASH: A Wisconsin utility plans a $50 million expansion of coal ash facility. (Wausau Daily Herald)

ETHANOL: Industry groups criticize a study that says cutting the federal renewable fuel standard will lower overall carbon emissions. (Des Moines Register)

UTILITIES: Michigan lawmakers advance a bill requiring utilities to recalculate rates for large industrial customers. (MLive)

NORTH DAKOTA: A cow is suspected of causing a 20-barrel spill of natural gas liquids near the Little Missouri River this week. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: The U.S. Chamber’s dire predictions on EPA rules actually show that carbon reduction will have minimal impact on the economy. (New York Times)

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