SOLAR: Advocates say a closely watched battle over utility policy in Wisconsin could determine the fate of solar development throughout the region. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: Residents of an Illinois town are pursuing a class-action lawsuit over rate increases from the Prairie State Energy Campus. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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WIND: Wind energy prices are at all-time lows, according to the Department of Energy; and developers of an Illinois wind farm seek another permit extension. (InsideClimate News, Paxton Record)

TRANSMISSION: An environmental assessment pegs the cost of a proposed Wisconsin at up to $580 million. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

CLIMATE: Latino groups support EPA carbon rules, and Missouri utilities see Kansas wind power as key to meeting carbon targets. (The Hill, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

SECURITY: An internal investigation finds Nuclear Regulatory Commission computers were successfully hacked three times in recent years. (Reuters)

POLLUTION: Traffic on the Ohio River was temporarily shut down Monday after thousands of gallons of diesel were spilled at a Kentucky power plant. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

POLITICS: Microsoft leaves the American Legislative Exchange Council over the group’s opposition to renewable energy. (CNET)

UTILITIES: Anticipating a wave of retirements, Xcel opens a new employee training facility in Minnesota. (KSTP)

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OHIO: Green Energy Ohio announces its 12th renewable energy tour. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

COMMENTARY: Why upholding FERC’s Order 1000 is a win for consumers. (The Energy Collective)

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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