NUCLEAR: Despite dire warnings from Exelon, Illinois lawmakers appear unlikely to act on a bill to help the utility’s nuclear plants — or any other energy legislation — until this fall. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

EFFICIENCY: Schools and small businesses will suffer if Ohio continues to roll back its energy efficiency standards, industry leaders say. (Midwest Energy News)

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SOLAR:Solar is the new shale,” becoming the fastest growing new source of U.S. electricity. (Bloomberg)

GRID: Duke Energy will build a 2 MW energy storage facility at a shuttered Ohio coal plant. (Bloomberg)

COAL: An appeals court overturns a decision allowing a mining company to tunnel beneath an Ohio state park. (Columbus Dispatch)

• Michigan environmental groups call for removal of two pipelines running beneath the Straits of Mackinac. (MLive)
• A lone holdout explains why he’s refusing to let a pipeline cross his land in North Dakota. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

• Wisconsin leaders join U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin in calling for tougher safety rules for crude oil trains. (La Crosse Tribune)
• Developers of a planned ethane cracker plant in Ohio say they were lured to the state by an “aggressive incentive package.” (Columbus Business First)

TRANSMISSION: The long approval process for new transmission lines could slow the timeline for cutting U.S. carbon emissions. (Bloomberg)

WISCONSIN: A judge upholds a decision by state regulators allowing a utility to make customers pay for converting a Milwaukee coal plant to gas. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

• A former North Dakota regulator, now a congressman, vows to fight the Clean Power Plan. (ClimateWire)
• A federal court rejects a challenge from Kansas officials to the agency’s rejection of its plan to comply with the cross-state pollution rule. (The Hill)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Utilities see economic opportunity in electric vehicle charging stations. (EnergyWire)

BIOENERGY: Wisconsin officials will allow increased emissions from a biodigester to help it avoid violations. (Wisconsin State Journal)

WIND: A new wind farm will increase a Kansas utility’s wind capacity to 1,300 megawatts. (Topeka Capital Journal)

COMMENTARY: The Bismarck Tribune calls for transparency in the regulatory process for a proposed pipeline.

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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