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Wisconsin regulators say renewable costs are minimal

EFFICIENCY: An Iowa college that wants to cut its energy consumption with a combined heat and power project says its utility’s rate policies are holding it back. (Midwest Energy News)

WISCONSIN: Regulators say complying with the state’s renewable energy standard caused a slight increase in utility rates in recent years. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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COAL: The EPA agrees to study whether Minnesota’s largest coal plant is impacting haze levels at Voyageurs National Park. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

CLIMATE: President Obama describes recent carbon rule proposals as “first steps” to combat climate change. (Washington Post)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators say a operators of a Michigan nuclear plant have failed to address concerns about the facility’s safety culture. (MLive)

• An Obama administration decision opens the door for U.S. crude oil exports. (Wall Street Journal)
• North Dakota regulators sign off on a pipeline to ship oil into Minnesota and Wisconsin. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Michigan’s attorney general files additional complaints over Chesapeake Energy’s land-leasing practices. (Detroit Free Press)
• North Dakota discloses information about oil train shipments. (Associated Press)

FRACKING: States with heavy drilling activity confront earthquake risks. (Associated Press)

FRAC SAND: Wisconsin regulators approve a new natural gas pipeline to serve frac sand mining operations. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

SMART GRID: A Michigan utility begins installing sensors to help reduce power outages. (Detroit Free Press)

UTILITIES: Chicago ratepayers will pay more this summer under the city’s bulk purchase program than they would have with ComEd. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

SOLAR: A Wisconsin co-op formally unveils the state’s first community solar garden. (LaCrosse Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Why carbon rules could provide a lifeline to nuclear plants. (Forbes)

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