CLIMATE: President Obama plans to sidestep the Senate with a “politically binding” international climate agreement, and a draft UN report warns of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts” from climate change in coming decades. (New York Times)

SOLAR: The Minnesota National Guard announces plans for a 10 MW solar array — the largest in the state — that will also help a utility meet a new state solar mandate. (Forum News Service)

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NUCLEAR: Xcel Energy defends having ratepayers cover massive cost overruns for upgrades to a Minnesota nuclear plant, the NRC finalizes a rule allowing ongoing storage of nuclear waste at power plant sites, and why a Michigan nuclear plant turned out to be a financial gamble. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Greenwire, Kalamazoo Gazette)

EPA: Attorneys general from 13 states say the EPA violated the law in finalizing a proposed carbon rule. (International Business Times)

WIND: Ohio regulators approve a new wind farm while two other projects are granted extensions, and a wind farm currently under construction will help a Michigan utility meet the state’s renewable energy standard by the end of this year. (Columbus Business First, Farmers’ Advance)

POLLUTION: Wisconsin’s DNR denies a pollution exemption for a coal plant, and cleanup of a diesel spill from a power plant into the Ohio River is nearly complete. (WXPR, Columbus Dispatch)

OIL: North Dakota regulators will add three new pipeline inspectors. (Associated Press)

FRACKING: A Michigan city council will discuss a proposed fracking ban tonight. (Detroit Free Press)

EFFICIENCY: A Michigan community college expects to save around $60,000 a year with a new combined heating, power and cooling system. (MLive)

HYDRO: A Wisconsin dam will mark 100 years of operation in September. (Sauk Prairie Eagle)

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TRANSPORTATION: General Motors implements bike-sharing to cut down on car traffic at its sprawling tech campus. (CBS Detroit)

COMMENTARY: Failure to act on climate change will leave Wisconsin “in very vulnerable economic position.” (Green Bay Press-Gazette)

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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