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Fracking on the ballot in four Ohio towns this year

CLIMATE: Scientists warn the world’s “carbon budget” is quickly running out. (Bloomberg)

FRACKING: Four ballot measures in Ohio are among eight nationwide that will deal with fracking in this year’s election. (InsideClimate News)

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EFFICIENCY: In addition to being vulnerable to volatile prices, propane users also tend not to have access to utility-funded efficiency programs. (Midwest Energy News)

WISCONSIN: Utilities are distancing themselves from an organization that submitted a questionable list of 2,500 names supporting rate changes; the list was rejected by a judge last week. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

ALSO: Reporter Thomas Content lays out some possible outcomes to the controversial rate cases. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

SOLAR: Ohio utilities push for surcharges for solar users, a utility seeks certification of its “O”-shaped solar array at Ohio State University, and the director of an Iowa co-op says “our members are willing to come talk to us about solar now.” (Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Business First, Electric Co-op Today)

• A Murray Energy subsidiary seeks permission to mine for coal under an Ohio state park. (Columbus Dispatch)
• A North Dakota carbon capture advocate is named to a Department of Energy post. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Customers of a Missouri utility could see a 15.8 percent rate increase to pay for coal plant upgrades. (Kansas City Star)
• A Wisconsin utility files plans to double coal storage at a power plant near Milwaukee. (Platts)

POLLUTION: The EPA appears to be easing pressure on states to meet carbon goals. (SNL)

OIL: Canadian officials say oil sands crude will get to the Gulf Coast with or without Keystone XL, and a North Dakota tribe begins drilling its own wells. (Bloomberg, Associated Press)

WIND: Iowa towns anticipate an economic boost from wind farm construction, and developers of the Grain Belt Express transmission line say it will cut energy costs in a Missouri city. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Columbia Missourian)

TRANSPORTATION: A Supreme Court case could help resolve conflicts between Amtrak and freight carriers, and cities around the U.S. experiment with electric buses and other cleaner transit options. (Greenwire, Climatewire)

COMMENTARY: Why the IPCC may be underestimating the severity of climate change. (Washington Post)

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