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White House raises estimate for carbon’s social cost

SOLAR: As Minnesota brings more solar power online, will Xcel Energy still need the three new natural gas peaking plants it’s proposing to build? (Midwest Energy News)

CLIMATE: The Obama Administration has increased its estimate of the social cost of carbon, from $22 to $36 per ton, and a conservative group launches a pre-emptive campaign to head off support for a carbon tax. (Washington Post, The Hill)

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WIND: Michigan lawmakers propose tough restrictions on offshore wind in the Great Lakes. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

KEYSTONE XL: TransCanada is already digging up sections of the first leg of Keystone XL for repair, and a group of scientists says the State Department’s review findings on the project are “without merit in many critical areas.” (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: An industry study projects Canada’s oil output will double by 2030 if pipeline capacity is expanded, and environmental groups oppose plans to convert an Ohio refinery to process Canadian oil sands crude. (Bloomberg, Toledo Blade)

FRACKING: A Michigan fracking operation runs low on water, forcing it to truck in supplies from nearby towns. (MLive.com)

GRID: Illinois regulators will hold ComEd liable for damages resulting from a string of power outages in 2011. (Chicago Tribune)

FRAC SAND: Wisconsin’s departing frac sand regulator sees no signs that the boom will slow. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

TECHNOLOGY: An East Coast startup says its energy storage batteries will eventually be competitive with natural gas. (MIT Technology Review)

BIOFUELS: Republicans say the federal biofuel mandate is harming the economy. (The Hill)

WISCONSIN: A Wisconsin electric co-op warms to solar power: “You can view it as a threat or as something you need to be a part of.” (LaCrosse Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Waste-to-energy is cleaner than you think, and a renewable energy group takes issue with the idea that Master Limited Partnerships are “lousy” energy policy. (MinnPost, Midwest Energy News)

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