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EPA to defend climate rules in federal court today

CLIMATE: A federal court today will hear arguments from industry groups challenging the EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations. (Greenwire)

ILLINOIS: Gov. Pat Quinn vetoes a bill that would have raised utility rates $70 million to help pay for grid upgrades. (Chicago Tribune)

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EFFICIENCY: An Iowa utility with plans to build a new natural gas-fired power plant is also cutting back on efficiency efforts, in what advocates say is a case of misplaced priorities. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: A wind industry groups plans to float a new tax plan before congressional committees. (The Hill)

NUCLEAR: The NRC says the Palisades nuclear plant leaked “very slightly radioactive water” into Lake Michigan. (Associated Press)

COAL: “King Coal” is losing its crown, and the S.S. Badger starts a new season on Lake Michigan. (Bloomberg, Ludington Daily News)

FRACKING: Attorneys general from 13 states, including North Dakota and Ohio, sign on to a letter to the EPA saying fracking regulation should be left to the states; and a new natural gas pipeline is planned through Ohio. (Tulsa World, Akron Beacon Journal)

OIL: The State Department has extended the comment period for Enbridge’s plan to expand an oil sands pipeline running to Superior, Wisconsin. (Detroit Free Press)

WISCONSIN: The University of Wisconsin receives $10 million for a program to help the dairy industry reduce its climate impact. (Wisconsin State Journal)

MICHIGAN: Muskegon eyes a clean energy partnership as having potential to help revive its port. (MLive.com)

TRANSPORTATION: An Ohio company plans to turn natural gas into diesel fuel, and Detroit becomes a hub for bicycle manufacturing. (Columbus Dispatch, Detroit Free Press)

COMMENTARY: How government regulations are helping create coal jobs, efficiency rules could save Ohio ratepayers billions, and a closer look at Minnesota’s proposed solar energy standard. (The Atlantic, Greentech Media, CleanTechnica)

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