EPA: While critical of the agency, a Supreme Court decision yesterday upheld the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases. (Washington Post)

CLIMATE: A new bipartisan report highlights the economic risks from climate change, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously adopts a resolution encouraging natural solutions to climate impacts. (New York Times, Associated Press)

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UTILITIES: An Illinois consumer group will investigate Wisconsin Energy’s proposed buyout of Inegrys; a similar proposal in 1995 involving Northern States Power collapsed amid monopoly concerns. (Associated Press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COAL: Ohio State University researchers will use a $2.5 million federal grant to design a scaled-up version of a prototype coal plant that captures 90 percent of its carbon emissions. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

DIVESTMENT: The University of Dayton says it will cut off its investments in fossil fuels. (Dayton Daily News)

EFFICIENCY: The U.S. House passes bills to improve energy efficiency in schools and federal buildings. (The Hill)

NATURAL GAS: A pipeline rupture in Kansas alarms nearby residents as crops and trees begin to wither after being sprayed with an oily substance. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Complicated solar leasing arrangements can make it harder to sell a home, and an Illinois church installs solar panels. (Bloomberg, Daily Illini)

SMART GRID: How a three-person Indiana startup landed a $3 million military smart grid contract. (Indianapolis Star)

COMMENTARY: Hank Paulson, who was Treasury secretary under President George W. Bush, says “we must not lose sight of the profound economic risks of doing nothing” on climate change. (New York Times)

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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