COAL: Environmental and labor advocates demand more transparency from Dynegy over the future of its Illinois coal plants. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: Coal exports are “the single biggest flaw in U.S. climate policy.” (Associated Press)

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UTILITIES: Wisconsin utilities get pushback from advocates who say proposed rate plan changes will stifle solar development, We Energies drops its objection to allowing pro-solar groups to intervene in its rate case, and Wal-Mart says its American Electric Power bill is too complicated because of an “array of multiple riders.” (Wisconsin State Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Columbus Business First)

SOLAR: University of Minnesota grad students release an interactive map that can provide an instant solar analysis for any address in the state. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

OHIO: Clean energy advocates regroup after two major legislative setbacks. (Toledo Blade)

EPA: American Electric Power says proposed EPA carbon rules are “not credible” and threaten reliability. (Columbus Dispatch)

OIL: Records show 50 oil trains per week pass through Minnesota, and construction of a new North Dakota refinery nears completion. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: Modular construction techniques are failing to cut costs in new nuclear plants, and an Ohio county has a major stake in the nuclear industry’s future. (Associated Press, Columbus Dispatch)

TECHNOLOGY: Why Iowa State University’s solar-powered car was pulled over by an undercover cop in Wisconsin. (WHO-TV)

COMMENTARY: Ohio’s governor and legislature “need to clean up the mess they’ve created” with the state’s energy policy, and are Iowa utilities “quietly working to undermine development of solar power“? (Toledo Blade, Des Moines Register)

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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