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Enbridge proposes another Minnesota pipeline expansion

CLIMATE: Minnesota’s second-largest power supplier calls for a regional carbon price to comply with EPA emission rules. (ClimateWire)

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

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

PETCOKE: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sues a petcoke storage company, alleging illegal runoff into the Calumet River; and Detroit’s petcoke controversy moves to a new location. (Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press)

SOLAR: A proposed 120 MW Xcel Energy solar project in Colorado would be the largest east of the Rockies, and University of Michigan researchers develop colored solar cells. (Denver Post, Gizmodo)

RENEWABLES: An IEA report finds large amounts of wind and solar can be integrated into the grid at low cost, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz predicts 30-40 percent renewable energy in the U.S. by 2030, and signs of the “utility death spiral” are already emerging in Germany. (Greentech Media, WBUR)

KANSAS: Kansas legislators are likely to revive efforts to repeal the state’s renewable energy standard. (Lawrence Journal World)

FRAC SAND: Industry representatives and local residents are still divided over proposed Wisconsin frac sand regulations. (Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism)

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TRANSPORTATION: The New York Times explores the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

COMMENTARY: The “tipping point” from fossil fuels to renewable energy may already be here. (SmartPlanet)

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