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EPA: Cutting pollution doesn’t need to mean higher rates

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)

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