CLIMATE: Proposed EPA carbon rules to be released today will call for a 30 percent emissions reduction by 2030 over 2005 levels. (Washington Post)

• A recently passed freeze to Ohio’s clean energy laws will make it more difficult for the state to comply with the new carbon rules. (Columbus Business First)
Several states are already pushing back at the new regulations. (Associated Press)
• A new survey finds support for shifting from coal to clean energy sources, even if higher costs are involved. (The Hill)
• Carbon rules may not take effect quickly enough to help Exelon’s nuclear fleet. (Chicago Tribune)
Five co-ops will be hit hardest by new EPA regulations. (Forbes)

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SOLAR: Weeks before a stakeholder report on expanding solar power is due, Michigan’s largest utilities say they’re unlikely to change course; and Illinois lawmakers pass a bill freeing up $30 million in state renewable energy funds for new solar power. (Midwest Energy News, Chicago Tribune)

COAL: Kansas regulators give the go-ahead for the contentious Sunflower coal plant. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: Barack Obama’s record as an Illinois lawmaker doesn’t mesh very well with the current “war on coal” narrative. (The New Republic)

BAKKEN: An energy company says it will cow-proof its North Dakota facilities after a spill last week. (Associated Press)

OIL: A citizens group proposes alternate routes for an Enbridge pipeline through Minnesota. (Forum News Service)

FRACKING: Emails show discussion of a plan to push for fracking in Ohio state parks went on longer than previously thought. (Columbus Dispatch)

BIOFUELS:Trashanol” — biofuel made from garbage — is a growing part of Iowa’s ethanol industry. (IowaWatch)

COMMENTARY: “… any national leader that takes environmental protection and the fate of the planet seriously will need to launch a war on coal.” (Time)

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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