COAL: Minnesota regulators are expected to decide today whether to adopt the EPA’s carbon-cost estimate for utility planning, replacing much-lower state figures. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: Dynegy proposes changing downstate Illinois’ grid operator to make its power plants more lucrative, and Ohio’s Supreme Court rejects a utility’s argument in a dispute over how much to charge ratepayers for fuel costs (More background on the case here). (Crain’s Chicago Business, Columbus Dispatch)

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EFFICIENCY: A study finds the upper Midwest is among the top regions in the U.S. for energy efficiency. (Midwest Energy News)

ETHANOL: Iowa’s first cellulosic ethanol plant opens, and the EPA says the renewable fuel mandate may rise as gasoline sales increase. (Des Moines Register, Bloomberg)

WIND: North Dakota regulators will require developers of a wind farm to provide financial assurance they’ll be able to eventually decommission the site, and a community-funded South Dakota wind farm is halfway to its goal. (Forum News Service, Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION: In South Dakota and elsewhere, development of new renewable energy resources depends on expanding transmission capacity. (Recharge)

NUCLEAR: Officials in a Minnesota city near a nuclear plant say a decision allowing waste to be stored on-site is “disappointing.” (Rochester Post-Bulletin)

SOLAR: Missouri regulators will investigate complaints of delays in the state’s solar rebate program. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

S.S. BADGER: Owners of the S.S. Badger, a coal-fired ferry long criticized for dumping ash into Lake Michigan, say they’ll meet a deadline for installing an ash-retention system. (Chicago Sun-Times)

UTILITIES: More than half of the industrial customer’s in American Electric Power’s Ohio service area have switched to other providers, and Wisconsin regulators will hold a public hearing in October on a proposed Xcel Energy rate increase. (Columbus Business First, La Crosse Tribune)

FRACKING: Drilling is completed at a Michigan well site amid protests. (MLive)

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PROPANE: In Wisconsin, propane industry officials say they don’t expect a repeat of last winter’s shortages. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Why Iowa is ahead of the game on EPA carbon rules. (NRDC Switchboard)

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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