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Moving to end the ‘ongoing polarized bickerfest’ on energy

POLITICS: While most of the fights over renewable energy are occurring at the state level, some U.S. Senators start to realize that “energy can’t just be an ongoing polarized bickerfest.” (Washington Post, National Journal)

FRACKING: A new panel will advise the EPA on fracking, and states disregard earthquake potential as they draft drilling rules. (The Hill, EnergyWire)

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WIND: A groundbreaking study that concludes renewable energy can provide most of our electricity needs is on the agenda today at an annual gathering of the wind power industry in Iowa. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: Developers and opponents of a proposed Indiana coal-to-gas plant seek a state Supreme Court review of the project; courts reject challenges to two Michigan coal plants, but it’s still unlikely they will ever be built; and Xcel Energy has spent more than $146 million repairing a still-inoperable unit at Minnesota’s largest coal plant. (Interlochen Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio)

CLIMATE: An analysis finds that survey questions, not weather, may be shifting results on public polls on global warming. (USA Today)

TRANSMISSION: Major transmission upgrades are needed if Kansas is to expand its wind industry, Wisconsin officials are expected to decide this week if ATC can pursue projects outside the state, and ITC Midwest seeks approval for a 100-mile transmission line between Minnesota and Iowa. (Wichita Eagle, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Platts)

POLLUTION: Small towns upgrade their municipal backup generators to comply with EPA rules. (Worthington Daily Globe)

COMMENTARY: How NRG’s move into rooftop solar could disrupt the industry, and why Wisconsin should keep its statewide wind-siting standards. (GigaOM, Wisconsin State Journal)

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