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Microsoft signs 20-year deal to power Chicago data center with wind

CLIMATE: Risky Business Project director discusses climate change threats to the Midwest. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: In its largest clean-energy deal to date, Microsoft signs 20-year agreement with wind farm to power its Chicago data center. (Gigaom)

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POLAR VORTEX: Wisconsin ratepayers are still feeling effects of harsh winter in utility billls. (Associated Press)

HISTORY: Electricity and the rise of urban life in Detroit. (Model D Media)

CCS: North Dakota and South Dakota utilities interested in hosting carbon capture and sequestration test project for Wyoming power plant. (Associated Press)

FORESTRY: Michigan utility Consumers Energy puts renewed focus on forestry, tree-trimming program to prevent outages. (MLive)

EPA: EPA administrator tells utilities new carbon rules are an ‘investment strategy, not a pollution control strategy.’ (GreenWire)

UTILITIES: Utilities across the country carve out new executive positions to deal with customer dissatisfaction. (GreenWire)

DEVELOPMENT: Solar development, oil companies and high-speed rail compete for shrinking farmland in California. (GreenWire)

COMMENTARY: EPA inaction on Renewable Fuel Standard hurting producers and consumers. (Chicago Tribune)

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