SOLAR: North Dakota regulators say they will not allow Xcel Energy to charge customers in the state for costs related to Minnesota’s solar standard. (Forum News Service)

• The nation’s largest solar installer says it will spend $200 million developing community solar in Minnesota. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• New Minnesota legislation includes a “grid fee” that municipal utilities and co-ops can charge to customers with distributed generation, as well as lower rates for some industrial customers. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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PETCOKE: Advocates criticize the Illinois EPA for declining to follow through on an effort to regulate petroleum coke storage statewide. (Midwest Energy News)

• Wisconsin’s public land commission softens its stance on employees working on issues related to climate change. (Associated Press)
• A closer look at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to push back against climate action. (Scientific American)
• In an anticipated encyclical, Pope Francis calls for a “bold cultural revolution” to fight climate change. (CNN)
• Polar explorer and climate activist Will Steger says Minnesota has “stalled” in its efforts to cut emissions. (The Uptake)

OIL: Michigan officials continue to seek the source of an oil seep into a waterway, believed to be originating from a Depression-era drilling operation. (MLive)

• A 13 million pound excavating machine at a North Dakota mining site is shut down after it begins sinking into the ground. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A mining company seeks to expand an Indiana coal operation beneath the Wabash River and into Illinois. (Platts)
• North Dakota regulators approve a mine expansion. (KXNews)

NUCLEAR: A new report questions whether nuclear energy is sustainable for utilities. (Port Clinton News Herald)

POLLUTION: A new report says the EPA is underestimating the impact of water pollution from power plants. (The Hill)

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IOWA: A small town pursues energy independence. (RMI Outlet)

• In Wisconsin, rural co-ops are leading the way on solar. (Midwest Energy News)
• Eliminating electric choice in Michigan could harm schools. (MLive)

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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