SOLAR: In a lawsuit, customers say Missouri utilities failed to follow state law when they cut off solar rebates late last year. (Midwest Energy News)

POLICY: Illinois lawmakers shelve an effort to fix the state’s renewable energy standard amid concerns about Exelon’s nuclear plants, and what does a recent Colorado court decision mean for other states? (Crain’s Chicago Business, Greentech Media)

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OHIO: Large manufacturers who support keeping Ohio’s efficiency mandate intact offer a compromise. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

EPA: An analysis finds 11 states are already meeting sulfur dioxide standards under the EPA’s cross-state pollution rule, which was upheld by the Supreme Court last month. (Platts)

OIL: A pipeline rupture spills 10,000 gallons of oil in Los Angeles, why fierce opposition to pipeline projects may be “the new normal,” and why operator error is also to blame for oil train explosions. (Reuters, Greenwire, Bloomberg)

ALSO: The EPA proposes tougher pollution rules for refineries. (Associated Press)

FRACKING: An industry group calls for “swift approval” of a scaled-back drilling tax proposal in Ohio. (Columbus Business First)

CLIMATE: At an event in Ohio, a retired 4-star general warns climate change is a “catalyst for conflict.” (Columbus Dispatch)

AGGREGATION: Chicago residents are likely to pay significantly higher prices than ComEd customers under a city-negotiated contract. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

TRANSMISSION: A proposed transmission line connecting Minnesota to hydropower resources in Manitoba benefits from a streamlined federal approval process. (Winnipeg Free Press)

NUCLEAR: Iowa’s only nuclear plant marks 40 years of operation. (Radio Iowa)

COMMENTARY: A new report highlights the risks from unsafe coal ash sites around the U.S. (Huffington Post)

Ken Paulman

Ken Paulman

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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