EPA: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to EPA greenhouse gas rules, but the endangerment finding that gives the agency authority to regulate carbon as a threat to human health will stand. (Greenwire)

ALSO: While coal-state lawmakers make dire predictions about the impact of EPA rules, regulators from those states are less worried. (E&E Daily)

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OIL: An inspection of a North Dakota pipeline revealed a “serious problem” before it ruptured, and scientists question the methodology used by Tesoro to calculate the size of the ensuing oil spill. (Forum News Service, Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: An Associated Press investigation finds rules for nuclear power plants aren’t being enforced evenly, with several Midwest plants leading the way in violations.

SOLAR: Ameren Missouri seeks permission to suspend its solar rebate program, a community solar farm takes shape in Minneapolis, and residents in Carbondale, Illinois organize to fight a solar project. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Finance & Commerce, Carbondale Southern)

COAL: Ohio’s top utility regulator says “there is no doubt coal needs to continue to play a major role in our future generation mix.” (Columbus Business First)

TRANSPORTATION: As speeds increase along Amtrak’s St. Louis-Chicago route, so does ridership, which is up 10 percent this year. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

FRACKING: A billboard campaign claims Ohio is becoming a “radioactive waste dump” for drilling companies. (Columbus Business First)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Why anaerobic digesters are “a very hot technology right now.” (Finance & Commerce)

TRANSMISSION: ComEd says it will adjust the route of a northern Illinois transmission line in response to public feedback. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Power companies prepare for new worker safety rules. (The Hill)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: How the University of Michigan’s new battery lab will help bridge the “valley of death” between innovation and manufacturing. (CleanTechnica)

COMMENTARY: How big-box stores selling solar panels will help revolutionize clean energy. (Washington Post)

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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