MICHIGAN: Critics say proposed net metering reforms in the state legislature are a giveaway to utilities. (Midwest Energy News)

WISCONSIN: A report finds that utilities are meeting the state’s renewable energy standard, but other states are moving more aggressively on clean energy. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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FAITH: The founder of the Wisconsin Green Muslims is among 13 faith leaders who will be honored by the White House today for their work on climate change. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES:
• Five years and $1.2 billion later, “you can hardly tell something happened” at the site of the 2010 Kalamazoo River pipeline spill. (MLive)
• An interactive database lets you compare the Kalamazoo River spill to other incidents. (Associated Press)
• Developers of a proposed natural gas pipeline in Ohio are suing to gain access to opponents’ property. (Associated Press)
• A South Dakota hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline will exclude some evidence brought forth by an advocacy group. (Rapid City Journal)

OIL TRAINS:
• A train carrying oil from North Dakota spilled 35,000 gallons in a derailment in eastern Montana. (Reuters)
• Advocates raise concerns about oil trains in southern Illinois. (Carbondale Southern Illinoisan)

COAL:
• Coal companies try to stay afloat as investors flee. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• In an appearance in St. Louis, the director of the International Energy Agency says carbon capture will be essential to limit climate change. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Upgrades are completed at a coal plant near the Minnesota/South Dakota border that a utility has warned will likely close under EPA carbon regulations. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: Grants will help fund thousands of new LED streetlights in two Detroit suburbs. (News-Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• A recent report finding utility-scale solar costs less than residential doesn’t tell the whole story. (Institute for Local Self-Reliance)
• The Cleveland Plain Dealer calls FirstEnergy’s request for income guarantees for some of its power plants “audacious.”
• Why transmission upgrades benefit both urban and rural energy users. (Dubuque Telegraph Herald)

Ken Paulman

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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