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Michigan could pay more to keep aging coal plant online

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)

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