OIL TRAINS: Federal regulators issue new orders to improve oil train safety, including a 40 mph speed limit through urban areas. (New York Times)

• Two new reports say low-income residents will benefit financially from carbon reductions. (Midwest Energy News)
• A grid operator’s study finds a carbon price of $45 per ton would cause Kansas and other states to move away from coal. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

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• A Milwaukee-area business group is behind the legislative push to cut a state grant for a consumer advocacy organization that has opposed it in the past. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• A state utility regulator’s comment on climate change earns a “false” rating from PolitiFact. (Tampa Bay Times)

MISO: Auction results causing capacity prices to spike in an Illinois region are generating controversy among stakeholders, with a consumer group calling them “impossible to justify” and a utility saying they “appear to be nonsensical.” (EnergyWire, Belleville News-Democrat)

• Ohio solar developers seek business out of state in the wake of the state’s energy policy “freeze.” (Columbus Dispatch)
• Solar industry groups fight an uphill battle to save a key tax break in Congress. (CQ Roll Call)

COAL: A Nebraska utility says it will convert a coal plant unit to be the first utility-scale plant in the U.S. to run on hydrogen. (Lincoln Journal Star)

TRANSMISSION: A wind-energy transmission line still faces hurdles in Missouri. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: Community leaders in an Illinois town rally to back legislation that would benefit a nearby nuclear plant. (Springfield State Journal-Register)

BIOFUELS: Minnesota truckers sue to end the state’s biodiesel mandate. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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TRANSPORTATION: Shippers on the Ohio River are moving more oil and petroleum products, and less coal. (Charleston State Journal)

COMMENTARY: A suburban Cleveland mayor backs FirstEnergy’s plan to guarantee income for some of its power plants. (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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