Kate Mackenzie The Source: EPA decision; upgrading the grid; oil M&A; refinery sales

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Power: Renewables to spark US grid revolution Upgrading power transmission and distribution systems could cost as much as installing new generating capacity (John Kemp/Reuters) See also Wind power drives need for grid upgrade (Green Inc/NY Times)

Biofuels: Minnesota auditor recommends ending state corn ethanol subsidies (Platts)

Refining: Sunoco to sell refinery to Holly for $65m How much a refinery goes for in these difficult times (WSJ)

Intrigue: Anti-nuclear groups aim to implicate EDF chairman in spying case Greenpeace and France’s Sortir du Nucleaire allege the utility spied on their operations in several countries (Platts)

Carbon capture and storage: A Plan for U.S. Emissions to Be Buried Under Sea SCS Energy believes it can profitably build a clean coal plant on the outskirts of New York City (NY Times)

US policy: Congress to address ‘pent up demand’ for energy bill – “We had two decades of extraordinary legislation and almost two decades of nothing” (Huffington Post)

Green jobs in times of economic crisis Europe’s energy commissioner says renewables and efficiency can be big contributors to new job creation (Andris Piebalgs/europa.eu)