EPA: Lawmakers in eight states have approved ALEC-inspired bills to block EPA carbon rules, and the EPA launches a climate-policy tour in Indiana. (Politico, EnergyWire)

ALSO: Why Wall Street isn’t buying the “war on coal” narrative. (InsideClimate News)

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EFFICIENCY: A Q&A with Sean Casten on why combined heat and power is a “no-brainer.” (Midwest Energy News)

UTILITIES: Consumer and environmental groups in Minnesota propose a tiered rate structure for Xcel Energy to encourage conservation. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

NUCLEAR: Michigan lawmakers call for the International Joint Commission to investigate plans for a Canadian nuclear waste dump near Lake Huron. (Detroit Free Press)

OIL: States push back against railroads’ efforts to keep oil train information from the public. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: Michigan’s Senate approves a bill expanding allowed uses of coal ash (background here). (Associated Press)

SOLAR: A Michigan utility calls for proposals to build what would be the state’s largest solar array. (Lansing State Journal)

OHIO: Regulators give Dayton Power and Light more time to sell its power plants. (Platts)

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COMMENTARY: NRG Energy’s David Crane says new EPA rules “will simply displace one fossil fuel with another.” (Fortune)

MORE COMMENTARY: Minnesota leads in cutting emissions, carbon reductions are “a down payment on a viable planet,” and why conservative ideas are needed on climate change. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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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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