COAL: A court rules that Illinois regulators can require consumers to purchase electricity from the FutureGen 2.0 plant, a decision one critic likens to “forcing you to buy a car you don’t want.” (Chicago Tribune)

OHIO: Despite a freeze of state requirements, all but one of Ohio’s major utilities say they plan to continue their clean-energy programs. (Columbus Dispatch)

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EFFICIENCY: An analysis of four Minnesota co-ops finds “behavior modification” programs are working to save energy. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR: A new solar manufacturing plant is planned in Michigan, and Lansing’s utility unveils an expanded solar array. (MLive, Lansing State Journal)

OIL AND GAS: An oil train derailment forces evacuations in Wisconsin, a fire at a North Dakota drilling supply business sends flames 500 feet into the air, and an Ohio college prepares to launch a new job-training facility. (Reuters, Los Angeles Times, Columbus Business First)

CLIMATE: A Pentagon official says climate change affects “the full range of Department activities.” (The Hill)

EPA: A coalition of industry groups says the EPA’s carbon rule “is simply not workable.” (The Hill)

GRID: Basin Electric plans to join the Southwest Power Pool. (Electric Co-op Today)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators say a security supervisor at a Michigan nuclear plant “willfully violated” safety rules in a 2012 incident. (MLive)

COAL ASH: Missouri’s Supreme Court will review a case that is part of a challenge to a proposed coal ash landfill. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

WIND: A Wisconsin farmer says he isn’t being fairly compensated by a utility for energy produced by his wind turbine, state regulators disagree. (TMJ4)

ETHANOL: Senators from Iowa and Minnesota are pushing for a federal investigation into allegations that oil companies are restricting sales of ethanol at service stations. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

TRANSPORTATION: A Minnesota report finds that a mileage tax may be too complicated to implement. (MinnPost)

COMMENTARY: New research suggests battery prices will continue to fall rapidly. (The Conversation)

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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