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Kasich vows to continue pursuing increased drilling tax

AGRICULTURE: Experts say an aging electrical grid is holding back investments in Michigan’s agriculture industry. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: Falling prices for LED bulbs make them an increasingly popular option for hog barns. (Midwest Energy News)

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FRACKING: Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he will continue to push for a higher drilling tax if re-elected, and fracking is expected to boost the plastics industry. (Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Business First)

BAKKEN: North Dakota meets its first benchmark to cut natural gas flaring, state officials say the rules could slow oil production growth. (Bismarck Tribune, Bloomberg)

RAIL: Mayors of Chicago suburbs call for tighter federal regulations on oil trains. (Chicago Tribune)

OHIO: State Sen. Bill Seitz explains his opposition to renewable energy laws: “I care about utility rates.” (Columbus Business First)

UTILITIES: A Wisconsin utility’s real-time pricing program is saving manufacturers money. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

EFFICIENCY: New efficiency rules for refrigerators are expected to save consumers $36 billion on energy over the next 30 years. (The Hill)

CLIMATE: An expert at a recent Minnesota economic forum on climate policy says the actual cost of carbon emissions could be as high as $120 per ton. (ClimateWire)

GERMANY: What Germany’s renewable energy push means for utilities. (New York Times)

TECHNOLOGY: Milwaukee’s Energy Innovation Center aims to nurture new start-up companies. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

NATURAL GAS: An Indiana city signs off on a proposed new $800 million power plant. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: How the New York Times overstated the benefits of fracking in Ohio, and federal efficiency programs help Michigan farmers save thousands. (Huffington Post, NRDC Switchboard)

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