WIND: An industry study finds wind energy has cut U.S. power sector CO2 emissions by 4.4 percent; another report finds wind would be competitive with natural gas if carbon emissions were priced. (Huffington Post, BusinessGreen)

PIPELINES: Enbridge confirms plans to export Canadian oil via the U.S., a judge recommends allowing eminent domain for construction of an Illinois pipeline, and pipeline replacement work in Michigan will resume in May. (Reuters, EnergyWire, Associated Press)

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CLIMATE: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says states will have flexibility to implement new carbon rules: “Nothing we do can threaten reliability.” (Chicago Tribune)

ALSO: The Obama administration is concerned the IPCC is overestimating the cost of climate mitigation. (Bloomberg)

POLITICS: A College Republican event in northern Michigan makes the conservative case for clean energy and efficiency. (Marquette Mining Journal)

COAL: American Electric Power revises its projections, saying it will still get more than half of its energy from coal in 2020. (Platts)

COAL ASH: How North Carolina’s coal ash disaster was decades in the making. (Greensboro News & Record)

UTILITIES: Critics are concerned legislation shifting cleanup costs of old coal-gas sites to ratepayers could open the door for other, more costly projects. (Columbus Dispatch)

SOLAR: State officials sign off on a proposed solar project at the University of Illinois, and a community solar garden is planned at a former power plant site in Moorhead, Minnesota. (Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, Fargo Forum)

OIL: Ohio officials hear about North Dakota’s nearly $2 billion oil endowment (and higher drilling tax rates), and crews begin surveying for oil outside Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Columbus Dispatch, MLive)

FRAC SAND: Opponents will challenge an air permit for a proposed Wisconsin frac sand mine. (Winona Daily News)

TECHNOLOGY: The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is expanding its battery research project with Johnson Controls. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MEDIA: An analysis of cable news climate reporting finds there is still a significant amount of misleading coverage. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

COMMENTARY: A father’s perspective on climate change, and St. Louis doesn’t want Chicago’s petcoke either. (The Daily Beast, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Ken Paulman

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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