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)

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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