Ruptured Michigan pipeline to reopen with twice the capacity

WIND: Ikea plans to build a wind farm in Illinois large enough to produce 65 percent more electricity than the retailer’s U.S. operations consume, while a new industry report says policy uncertainty caused wind industry growth to slow in 2013. (Chicago Tribune, USA Today)

EFFICIENCY: At an Ohio panel discussion, business leaders say combined heat and power has strong potential in the state, but regulatory hurdles and legislative efforts to gut efficiency laws are creating barriers. (Midwest Energy News)

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PIPELINES: A ruptured Michigan pipeline responsible for a major 2010 spill has been rebuilt and is weeks away from restarting at double the capacity. Meanwhile, President Obama quickly rejected a call by 11 Democrats to issue a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline by May 31.

Bill to block EPA carbon rules faces hurdles in Senate

IOWA: As Iowa faces a potential surge in distributed generation, advocates and some legislators are concerned the state isn’t prepared. (Midwest Energy News)

GRID: A new study from GE Energy Consulting finds the PJM Interconnection could move to 30 percent renewable energy by 2026 with no impact on reliability and a potential decline in energy costs. (EnergyWire)

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EPA: A bill to block proposed EPA carbon regulations passed the House on Thursday but faces hurdles in the Senate, where its odds likely hinge on whether sponsors can convince Democrats from coal-rich states to join the cause.