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Train carrying Bakken crude explodes in West Virginia

OIL: A train carrying North Dakota crude oil derailed and exploded in West Virginia yesterday, destroying a home and prompting a state of emergency in two counties. (Reuters)

ALSO: A review finds North Dakota regulators are approving wastewater disposal wells that don’t meet EPA standards, and state lawmakers back off a plan to build a new governor’s residence with oil revenue. (Forum News Service, Associated Press)

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COAL: We Energies says it has proposed a deal that could end “double dipping” payments for an Upper Peninsula coal plant, and industry groups and advocates take sides on a case challenging Minnesota’s restrictions on imported coal power. (Midwest Energy News, Greenwire)

SOLAR: Where Minnesota stands on community solar, St. Louis University plans to install solar panels on six campus buildings, and a new solar manufacturer moves into the former Solyndra facility. (Midwest Energy News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, San Francisco Business Times)

TRANSMISSION: Iowa regulators reject an effort by developers to split up hearings on a proposed transmission line. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

WISCONSIN: Gov. Scott Walker appoints a former utility executive to an administration post. (Wisconsin State Journal)

FRACKING: Ohio officials are reluctant to provide information in a congressman’s investigation of wastewater disposal. (InsideClimate News)

ETHANOL: Iowa officials push to make ethanol a campaign issue, and researchers from Michigan and Wisconsin study how biofuel crops impact bees and other pollinators. (The Hill, Great Lakes Echo)

EFFICIENCY: LED lighting at a Madison arena is expected to save $35,000 a year, and a University of Kansas study finds EPA car labels aren’t effectively communicating lower ownership costs of electric vehicles. (Channel 3000, news release)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The challenges Apple will face if it tries to break into the electric car market. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY: Where state officials and the business community are finding common ground on energy issues. (Midwest Energy News)

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