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Shutdown of Wisconsin nuclear plant to cost nearly $1 billion

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POLLUTION: The EPA proposed new rules Friday to curb water pollution from power plants. (The Hill)

ALSO: An industry group and political conservatives petition the Supreme Court to review a lower court’s 2012 decision establishing the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases. (Greenwire, The Hill)

NUCLEAR: Decommissioning the Kewaunee nuclear plant in Wisconsin is expected to cost nearly $1 billion and take as long as 60 years. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

EFFICIENCY: Why two Missouri utilities take dramatically different approaches to energy efficiency. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR: For the first time, solar power accounted for 100 percent of new generating capacity added to the U.S. grid in March. (Treehugger)

FRACKING: An industry-funded study finds greenhouse gas emissions from fracking are far lower than those from coal. (The Hill)

ETHANOL: The fight over federal biofuel support intensifies as several bills are introduced to weaken or repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard. (Des Moines Register)

MICHIGAN: As the region’s economy continues to struggle, Detroit Edison projects a summer demand peak lower than what it estimated for 2008. (Midwest Energy News)

KEYSTONE XL: The public comment period for the Keystone XL pipeline ends today, it remains unclear whether the State Department will make those comments available for the public to read. (InsideClimate News)

COAL: The fate of a proposed Indiana coal-to-gas plant could wind up in the governor’s hands. (Evansville Courier & Press)

TRANSMISSION: Debate over a transmission line in Indiana is complicated by the prospect of more than $1 million in potential tax revenue from a proposed converter station. (Terre Haute Tribune-Star)

WIND: A Canadian company plans to open a wind tower manufacturing facility in South Dakota. (Rapid City Journal)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A new 3 MW generator powered by methane from a landfill near Lincoln, Nebraska is expected to be completed this summer. (Lincoln Journal Star)

UTILITIES: A new report ranks ComEd among the five worst utilities in the country for customer satisfaction. (Chicago Tribune)

COMMENTARY: The Chicago Tribune calls in Illinois lawmakers to stop stalling on fracking legislation, and why renewable energy isn’t cleaning up the grid fast enough. (Chicago Tribune, Greentech Media)

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