COAL: A decision by Wisconsin regulators could mean Michigan ratepayers will pay more to keep an Upper Peninsula coal plant online. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

UTILITIES: Exelon announced this morning it plans to buy the retail operations of Integrys Energy. (Chicago Tribune)

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PETCOKE: Chicago neighborhood activists say a Koch subsidiary’s efforts to delay petcoke storage rules strengthens their resolve to ban the substance altogether. (Midwest Energy News)

FRACKING: A new GAO report says federal regulators have failed to adequately oversee thousands of wastewater injection wells. (ProPublica)

EPA: Environmental groups say proposed carbon regulations don’t go far enough, and Peabody Energy seeks withdrawal of the rule. (The Hill, St. Louis Public Radio)

ALSO: FERC officials discuss the possible impact of carbon regulation on grid reliability. (E&E Daily)

SOLAR: Local officials discuss new solar projects in Minnesota and Illinois, and an Iowa town scraps plans to build solar panels atop its library. (St. Cloud Times, Southern Illinoisan, Mason City Globe Gazette)

GRID: Illinois State University launches a program to help teachers learn more about smart-grid technology. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

COMMENTARY: Why demand response will double by 2020. (The Energy Collective)

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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