EPA: State legislators around the Midwest are introducing bills intended to slow implementation of EPA carbon rules for power plants. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: A D.C. court ruling could make utilities more vulnerable to pollution lawsuits, and Indiana’s top environmental official says he’s concerned about EPA carbon rules: “Indiana is based on low-cost electricity.” (SNL, Times of Northwest Indiana)

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OHIO: A business group’s poll contradicts earlier findings of broad support for Ohio’s energy efficiency law, critics note the latest poll focuses on costs but disregards benefits. (Columbus Dispatch)

ETHANOL: The author of a study questioning the climate benefits of ethanol derived from cornfield waste responds to industry criticism of his work. (ClimateWire)

WIND: A map shows wind energy’s share of new generating capacity, and a Michigan county expects increased tax revenue thanks to new wind farms and transmission lines. (Greentech Media, Huron Daily Tribune)

COAL: Alliance Resource Partners, the third-largest coal producer in the U.S., reports record earnings and a 13 percent profit increase. (Tulsa World)

NATURAL GAS: Developers halt plans for a new pipeline to move natural gas products from Ohio, and a Wisconsin company expands its network of compressed natural gas fueling stations. (Columbus Business First, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

BIOENERGY: Biodigesters at an Iowa cattle operation are producing enough electricity to power 450 homes. (Quad-City Business Journal)

TRANSMISSION: Ameren plans a new transmission line in Illinois. (Peoria Journal Star)

CLIMATE: At the core of climate change discussions lies a question of what the current generation owes to future ones. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: An Iowa farmer explains how rural communities can help fight climate change, and why a pipeline safety provision disappeared from a piece of Ohio legislation. (Des Moines Register, Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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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