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)

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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