ILLINOIS: A coalition including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel — but notably excluding Exelon — calls for a 35 percent by 2030 renewable energy standard. (Chicago Tribune)

ALSO: Despite the plug being pulled on the FutureGen project, Illinois lawmakers may not be ready to give up on “clean” coal. (E&E Daily)

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OHIO: A judge grants state regulators more time to examine FirstEnergy’s proposal to guarantee income for certain power plants. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

MEANWHILE: Cities and counties in southeast Ohio embark on an aggregation plan to advance clean energy in the absence of state leadership. (Midwest Energy News)

CLEAN ENERGY: 15 charts from Bloomberg New Energy Finance show the state of the U.S. clean energy industry. (Greentech Media)

OIL AND GAS:
• A coalition forms to fight a proposed Iowa crude oil pipeline. (Radio Iowa)
• Oklahoma officials shut down a wastewater injection well following an earthquake Friday. (Tulsa World)
• The drilling slowdown idles an Ohio pipe plant. (Columbus Business First)
• A Texas company suspends plans for a pipe manufacturing facility in Nebraska. (Norfolk Daily News)

ETHANOL: Three aging tank cars ignite in an ethanol train derailment in Iowa, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers takes aim at the Renewable Fuel Standard. (Cedar Rapids Gazette, The Hill)

UTILITIES: A unique partnership between the city of Minneapolis and Xcel Energy met for the first time yesterday. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

POLLUTION: New EPA rules would reduce emissions from wood-fired heaters. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY: Minnesota’s great solar boom is about to begin, and Ohio lawmakers should stand up to the Koch brothers. (Greentech Media, NRDC Switchboard)

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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