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GE says wind can compete in Midwest without tax credits

OHIO: Members of Ohio’s energy study committee have a history of supporting fossil fuel interests, causing critics to raise questions about the group’s impartiality. (Midwest Energy News)

WISCONSIN: Clean-energy advocates are calling for the Wisconsin Public Service Commission to investigate a list of 2,500 names submitted in support of utilities in two controversial rate cases. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL AND GAS: About 400 familes were evacuated Tuesday night after a natural gas well blowout in Ohio, concerns about a nearby aquifer prompt local officials to reject a drilling permit in Illinois, and an oil industry representative touts conservation work in Michigan. (Columbus Dispatch, Bloomington Pantagraph, MLive)

WIND: GE says wind energy can compete with natural gas in the Midwest without tax credits, but calls for a gradual phase-out. (Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR: Exelon lobbies citizens to write legislators in support of its nuclear plants, and states and environmental groups sue to block plant relicensing. (Chicago Tribune, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

COAL: Pollution rules mean a construction boom for Michigan power plants. (Lansing State Journal)

POLITICS: A poll finds a majority of South Dakotans support Keystone XL, while a Senate candidate in the state runs on a pro-environment platform. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Grist)

ALSO: Why “this can be called the election when the environmental movement lost its virginity.” (Greenwire)

TRANSPORTATION: Preliminary planning for a Detroit-Chicago high speed rail line calls for 10 trips a day at 110 mph, Chicago’s electric buses hit the street, and Indianapolis will add 425 plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles to its municipal fleet by 2016. (Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, Green Car Congress)

SOLAR: Milwaukee’s Public Museum unveils its new solar wall. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

ANALYSIS: How we can cut carbon emissions and improve grid reliability at the same time. (Forbes)

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