OHIO: Critics say Ohio’s Energy Mandates Study Committee has so far been overly focused on the drawbacks of clean energy, without considering benefits. (Midwest Energy News)

CLIMATE: Advocates say Wisconsin and Florida may be just the beginning of a broader effort to chill climate change discussion at state agencies. (InsideClimate News)

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PIPELINES: A Minnesota judge issues a favorable ruling for a proposed Bakken oil pipeline, but state regulators will have the final say. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

ALSO: Tribes continue to push back against Keystone XL. (The Hill)

MICHIGAN: In a debate over Michigan’s electric choice law, schools and other customers say utilities are conjuring up a “doomsday scenario” to justify eliminating competition. (Detroit News)

COAL: A coal-dependent Ohio co-op calls on members to help with “battling on the legislative front” against EPA carbon rules and other policies. (Paulding Progress)

EPA: Federal judges will hear arguments this week from states trying to block the Clean Power Plan. (Greenwire)

• Developers consider a new pipeline to move natural gas products out of Ohio. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• North Dakota will study using oilfield waste in road construction. (Associated Press)

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TRANSMISSION: Developers of the Grain Belt Express line submit plans to Illinois regulators. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

• Why expanding renewable energy will require investing in the grid. (Forbes)
• How energy efficiency is disrupting utility business models. (The Energy Collective)

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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