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Another report projects higher costs from Ohio energy bill

OHIO: An analysis finds commercial customers could see significant rate increases under a bill to freeze Ohio’s renewable energy and efficiency standards. (Columbus Business First)

COAL ASH: Environmental groups say a proposal to expand coal ash recycling in Michigan leaves unanswered questions about liability. (Midwest Energy News)

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POLICY: President Obama considers carbon rules that will test the Clean Air Act, and why Kansas lawmakers keep rejecting attempts to repeal the state’s renewable energy standard. (Kansas City Star)

• Michigan residents sue to block drilling beneath a cemetery and city parks in suburban Detroit. (Detroit Free Press)
• Oil and gas spills are increasing in Ohio. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Iowa counties study the risk of crude-oil trains. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• A judge dismisses North Dakota lawsuits over potential royalties lost from flaring. (Associated Press)
• Marktown, Indiana, a town in the shadow of a major BP refinery, hosts an anti-tar sands rally. (Chicago Sun-Times)

KEYSTONE XL: The New York Times profiles Nebraska activist Jane Kleeb.

POLITICS: Is climate-change denial becoming a political liability? (National Journal)

FERC: President Obama’s latest FERC nominee will likely face another confirmation battle: “I’m sure we’ll have concerns about this one,” says one senator. (The Hill)

UTILITIES: Cleveland’s municipal utility struggles to remain competitive, in part due to added costs from its contract with the Prairie State coal plant; and Consumers Energy tells shareholders its top priority is improving air quality. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, MLive)

COAL: Missouri lawmakers approve a bill designed to block an anti-coal ballot measure in St. Louis. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

SOLAR: A Missouri couple win their long legal fight over installing solar panels in a St. Louis suburb, how solar power helped a Michigan engineering firm grow, and solar is “kind of the rage” at an Iowa college’s worker training program. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Crain’s Detroit Business, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

HYDRO: Costs will prevent Kansas from reaching its hydropower potential, and a Minnesota hydropower plant is ready to go back online after being damaged by heavy flooding two years ago. (Topeka Capital-Journal, Hibbing Daily Tribune)

TRANSPORTATION: Michigan lawmakers consider raising the state’s gasoline tax. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Debunking the myths of Ohio’s proposed clean energy “freeze,” and the “war on coal” is just beginning. (NRDC Switchboard, Slate)

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