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EPA expected to release new power plant rules today

EPA: After a long delay, the EPA is expected to publish greenhouse gas emission rules for new power plants today. (Huffington Post)

OHIO: Without stating a specific reason, Ohio’s EPA director abruptly resigned yesterday. (Columbus Dispatch)

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WIND: A weather phenomenon that can bedevil ground-based wind farms may make the Midwest an ideal proving ground for airborne wind turbines. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR: While solar power continues to grow nationwide, the industry is slowing in Wisconsin. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

OIL: Federal regulators tell Michigan’s senators that pipelines running beneath the Straits of Mackinac are safe. (Detroit Free Press)

ALSO: Oil companies and Sen. Lisa Murkowski call for an end to the U.S. ban on exporting crude oil, and cleanup begins at an oil waste landfill that was accidentally sited too close to a North Dakota town’s water supply. (Associated Press, The Hill, Bismarck Tribune)

COAL: The new owner of four Illinois coal plants will consider converting some of them to natural gas. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

GRID: How a change in FERC rules will make it easier to connect small renewable projects to the grid. (Greentech Media)

EFFICIENCY: A utility serving Kansas City will double its wind portfolio and expand its energy efficiency rebate program. (Kansas City Star)

PERSONNEL: Attorney Dan Lipshultz is appointed to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, and the South Dakota Wind Energy Association names Paul Bachman its new executive director. (MinnPost, Associated Press)

MEDIA: Energy journalists, including Midwest Energy News editor Ken Paulman, discuss why the 60 Minutes “Cleantech Crash” segment was a “poor piece of journalism.” (Media Matters)

COMMENTARY: Why Iowa should continue to encourage solar power, and why the U.S. needs to fix its “Third World energy grid.” (Iowa City Press-Citizen, Politico Magazine)

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