WISCONSIN: We take a closer look at the political forces guiding Wisconsin regulators’ recent approval of rate restructuring, and the legal challenges the solar industry is preparing in response. (Midwest Energy News)

• Ohio regulators say the Clean Power Plan will spike power prices. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• American Electric Power questions the technical analysis behind the plan. (Columbus Business First)
• A member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission also criticizes the plan, saying it will harm reliability. (The Hill)
• Indiana’s governor says carbon regulations would mean “too much pain for very little gain.” (Indianapolis Star)
• Nike and Ikea are among 221 companies signing on to a letter in support of reducing carbon emissions. (The Hill)

CLIMATE: A new poll finds a majority of Americans are concerned about climate change and believe clean energy is the most effective solution. (USA Today)

KANSAS: A rightward shift in the Kansas state legislature could spell doom for the state’s renewable energy standard. (Wichita Eagle)

WIND: House Republicans consider reviving the wind production tax credit. (Bloomberg)

OIL: The family of a worker killed in North Dakota challenge an autopsy report that absolves his employer from liability. (EnergyWire)

ALSO: Why railways are poorly suited to act as pipelines, and hundreds gather at a public meeting to discuss a proposed Iowa pipeline. (Pacific Standard, Radio Iowa)

NATURAL GAS: A Wisconsin utility seeks to expand a natural gas plant near Green Bay. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

SMART GRID: Illinois lawmakers back a plan to extend automatic rate increases for two utilities to perform grid upgrades. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

SOLAR: Students complete a solar array at a Minnesota college, a Michigan Ikea store is expanding its solar rooftop, and a Minnesota campground uses PACE financing to support a new solar project. (Winona Daily News, Associated Press, St. Cloud Times)

NUCLEAR: Rising uranium costs and competition from natural gas intensify economic challenges for nuclear plants. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY: Why a proposed pipeline plan puts Wisconsin at risk. (Midwest Energy News)

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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