EPA: As anticipated, the EPA has delayed carbon rules for new power plants. (Washington Post)

MICHIGAN: Michigan passed a law allowing PACE financing in 2010, but few cities have taken the steps to make the deals possible. A Detroit-area lawyer wants to change that. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL: Environmentalists say shipping infrastructure projects in Michigan could lead to a repeat of the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill, and Exxon will remove a section of its ruptured Pegasus pipeline in Arkansas today. (Detroit Free Press, Reuters)

ALSO: Experts say Alberta has a “substance abuse problem,” slashing royalty rates for oil sands producers and relying on overproduction to make up the difference. (InsideClimate News)

WIND: A Wisconsin town wants to suspend a state-imposed timeline to consider a wind farm application, citing unresolved concerns about noise impacts; and the manager of an Ohio wind energy company questions Ann Arbor, Michigan’s plan for a $1.4 million wind project. (Sheboygan Press, AnnArbor.com)

GRID: Despite the high cost of batteries, an energy-storage firm says it’s making money by helping to stabilize the grid. (MIT Technology Review)

CLIMATE: In a statement released over the weekend, the U.S. and China vow to work more closely together to address climate change. (The Hill)

FRACKING: An Ohio company seeks a permit to drill a new wastewater disposal well that would have a capacity of up to 5,000 barrels per day. (Canton Repository)

IOWA: Iowa’s chief utility regulator, facing at least two major proposals in the coming year, says “we can’t afford to rule out anything.” (Des Moines Register)

NUCLEAR: The EPA is revising federal regulations for responding to radiation contamination. (New York Times)

BIOFUELS: Neil Young makes a stop with his biofuel/electric-powered 1959 Lincoln in Sioux Falls, to promote ethanol and speak about climate change: “You don’t see much about what’s really going on with the climate in the media.” (KELO-TV)

COMMENTARY: Why “Peak Oil” isn’t really dead. (Washington Post)

Ken Paulman

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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