MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin utilities have agreed to spend more than $1 billion to clean up coal-fired power plants under a settlement with federal regulators.  The settlement was filed Monday in federal court in Madison. Under the agreement, the utilities will pay a civil penalty of $2.45 million for alleged violations of air pollution laws over the years.  Wisconsin Power & Light Co. and the other utilities also agreed to pay $8.5 million to fund a series of environmental projects over the next five years. The projects include a $5 million investment in solar power and a $2 million investment to boost power production at wind and hydroelectric projects in Wisconsin.   The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the settlement primarily involves Madison-based WPL, but also includes other utilities.

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