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Wisconsin utility announces two major hydropower deals

POLLUTION: The EPA plans to introduce new rules today requiring refiners to remove sulfur from gasoline. (New York Times)

HYDROPOWER: A Wisconsin utility announces two major power purchase agreements with Manitoba Hydro. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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TRANSMISSION: How a dispute between Midwest grid operators could affect they way new transmission lines are built. (EnergyWire)

COAL: In North Dakota, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the U.S. will be using coal “for decades in the future“; Costs for pollution upgrades at a Wisconsin coal plant have risen 25 percent; and Warren Buffett admits to a “big” investment mistake. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Reuters)

COAL ASH: North Carolina regulators will cite Duke Energy for violations related to a massive coal ash spill last month. (Associated Press)

WIND: Wind energy is creating an economic boom “the likes of which we’ve never seen before” in northwest Iowa. (Sioux City Journal)

SOLAR: A new report says rooftop solar backed by batteries will pose a major threat to utilities in the coming decades. (EnergyWire)

ALSO: Xcel Energy seeks 150 MW of new solar power, and emails show a prominent Cleveland businessman may have helped a now-defunct solar firm obtain millions in state funding. (Renewable+Law, Toledo Blade)

IOWA: Microsoft and Facebook are among companies that have submitted comments in favor of expanding distributed generation in Iowa. (Des Moines Register)

OIL: Work beings on the Flanagan South pipeline. (Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise)

ETHANOL: A rule allowing the sale of E15 in Missouri will likely take effect this summer. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: A pair of accidents raise new questions about the safety of a nuclear waste disposal site in New Mexico. (Associated Press)

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TRANSPORTATION: As more travelers seek alternatives to driving, a bus company serving small Minnesota cities is seeing strong growth in ridership. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Why Illinois should stop subsidizing coal. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

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