WISCONSIN: Hundreds turn out for a pair of public hearings in Milwaukee, mostly to oppose proposed We Energies rate changes that critics say target distributed renewable energy. (Midwest Energy News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

ALSO: Critics say a 2009 We Energies study contradicts the utility’s own claims about fair solar costs. (Express Milwaukee)

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OHIO: Several large Ohio manufacturers form their own lobbying group, in part because of disagreement with the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association over its opposition to SB 310; and Fortune magazine takes a closer look at manufacturers’ role in the controversy. (Columbus Dispatch, Fortune)

COAL: The Sierra Club plans to sue over alleged pollution violations at an Ohio coal plant, why AEP’s plan to guarantee revenue for coal plants is drawing similar criticism to a FirstEnergy proposal, and can modern coal plants meet tougher pollution rules? (Columbus Business First, SNL)

SOLAR: A large solar installation company begins offering direct loans to homeowners. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS: Business groups fight a proposed North Dakota conservation measure, Ohio advocates call for disclosure of fracking chemicals, and Ohio University gets $1.45 million to research wastewater recycling. (Greenwire, Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Business First)

NUCLEAR: A Kansas nuclear plant may have to temporarily shut down if repairs to a backup generator aren’t completed in time. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: Why buying renewable power is a challenge for big data companies. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY: Why Wisconsin is falling behind on solar power. (Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism)

Ken Paulman

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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