EPA: At a MISO gathering in St. Louis, EPA officials and others explain why cutting power plant pollution doesn’t necessarily mean higher rates. (EnergyWire)

EFFICIENCY: How combined heat and power is helping Indiana’s steel mills save money, and the University of Cincinnati is saving $9 million a year on energy costs. (Midwest Energy News, Forbes)

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COAL: DTE Electric in Michigan plans to retire one-third of its coal fleet, and the utility serving Omaha plans to shut down three coal-fired units in the city by 2016. (Platts, Omaha World-Herald)

FRACKING: Authors delay release of a report on use of diesel in fracking operations, and a new study finds abandoned wells could be a major source of methane. (Bismarck Tribune, Climate Central)

SOLAR: Community solar gardens catch on throughout the U.S., and an Iowa tour will highlight ten solar installations in the state. (New York Times, Des Moines Register)

WIND: A Wisconsin company that remanufactures gearboxes for wind turbines is building a new facility. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

TRANSMISSION: Developers of the Rock Island Clean Line will add a cost of living increase to annual payments for landowners. (Emmetsburg News)

OHIO: Clean energy advocates are “back being the underdog.” (Columbus Dispatch)

UTILITIES: A report ranks Wisconsin Energy Corp. among the top U.S. companies that are “great at avoiding taxes,” but notes that customers benefit from the savings. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

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TRANSPORTATION: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker spars with Milwaukee’s mayor over a freeway expansion plan, and Harley-Davidson reveals its prototype electric motorcycle. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Why EPA carbon rules won’t actually accomplish much — at least at first. (Time)

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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