EPA: How EPA carbon rules will play out at the state level. (New York Times)

ALSO: The EPA’s proposal has some calling for Congress to fund carbon capture initiatives, which the agency isn’t planning to require for existing power plants. (ClimateWire, The Hill)

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NUCLEAR: A string of plant closures signals broader trouble for the nuclear industry. (InsideClimate News)

CLIMATE: A new study projects a sharp increase in thunderstorms in the central and eastern U.S. by mid-century. (New York Times)

SOLAR: New, low-cost solar panels are available for Detroit-area residents, and a Chicago conference explores the ways the solar boom has disrupted utilities. (CBS Detroit, Forbes)

GRID: How a deluge of smart-meter data can benefit customers — if utilities figure out how to harness it. (Wall Street Journal)

OHIO: State Sen. Bill Seitz plans to introduce legislation tomorrow that would weaken the state’s renewable energy law. (Columbus Dispatch)

OIL: More than 27,000 gallons of oil have spilled into the South Platte River following major flooding in Colorado, but experts say millions of gallons of sewage are a larger threat; and a Minnesota refinery will reduce its output while repairing damage from a fire that caused $10 million in damage. (Associated Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

NATURAL GAS: A planned Ohio refinery will convert natural gas into diesel fuel. (Columbus Dispatch)

COAL: The Sierra Club pressures Xcel Energy to retire two units at its largest Minnesota coal plant. (Minnesota Public Radio)

FRAC SAND: A Minnesota city faces another delay in working with state officials to develop an air quality monitoring program. (Winona Daily News)

COMMENTARY: The real threat to the coal industry is not regulation, but uncertainty. (Breaking Energy)

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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