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UTILITIES: Two Ohio utilities are pursuing state and federal regulatory actions to help make their coal and nuclear plants more competitive. (Midwest Energy News)

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EPA: The vice president of an Ohio cooperative claims new EPA carbon rules will increase electric bills by $40 a month. (Celina Daily Standard)

ALSO: Carbon rules at the top of the agenda at one recent utility conference, but only a minor theme at another; and Standard and Poor’s says climate rules will spark “some increased interest” in new nuclear power. (Energywire, Greentech Media, SNL)

COAL: An analysis finds planned coal plant retirements — mostly smaller, older plants that don’t run often — will have a minimal impact on overall CO2 emissions. (USA Today)

COAL ASH: Duke Energy agrees to pay for cleanup of a North Carolina river following a February coal ash spill. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: Democratic candidates see climate action as a winning issue; and Senate Democrats invited Republicans for a debate on climate change, but only Jim Inhofe showed up. (New York Times, The Hill)

OHIO: The new PUCO chairman says a committee to study the state’s renewable energy laws “is a good thing.” (Columbus Business First)

OIL: Crews in North Dakota are cleaning up two pipeline spills that released nearly 1,000 barrels of oil over the weekend. (Bismarck Tribune)

PETCOKE: Developers of an industrial site in Gary, Indiana say it will not be used to store petroleum coke. (Times of Northwest Indiana)

WIND: Developers of a new wind turbine design say it can achieve 80 percent efficiency by harvesting wind from multiple directions. (Washington Post)

ELECTRIC CARS: The Milwaukee area’s first high-speed EV charging stations open at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: How power plant pollution rules can deliver economic benefits. (NRDC Switchboard)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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