ILLINOIS: A proposed “fix” to the state’s renewable energy standard that will save ratepayers millions is gaining support in the legislature, but still faces opposition from Exelon. (Midwest Energy News)

FRACKING: North Dakota’s drilling boom leads to increased tension over water supplies, and Ohio’s oil and gas potential so far fails to live up to more optimistic projections. (Reuters, Columbus Dispatch)

NATURAL GAS: International companies back U.S. natural gas exports, and the approval of a recent project coincided with a 5 percent rise in the price of natural gas futures. (New York Times, Bloomberg)

OIL: Exxon still has no timetable for restarting a pipeline that spill oil into an Arkansas neighborhood in March, a pile of petroleum coke along the Detroit River continues to grow. (InsideClimate News, New York Times)

SOLAR: Goldman Sachs bets big on solar, announcing it will provide $500 million in financing for rooftop solar. (ClimateWire)

EFFICIENCY: Businesses in Illinois help lower demand when electricity is needed most, and see big financial benefits as a result, however, a grid reliability report shows that abundant power supplies mean those steps likely won’t be necessary this summer. (Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

CLIMATE: Democrats introduce a bill calling for a national strategy to deal with public health impacts from climate change. (The Hill)

WIND: The utility serving Lincoln, Nebraska plans to triple its wind power purchases, and a proposed local setback of two miles would scuttle an Indiana wind project. (Lincoln Journal Star, Muncie Star Press)

FRAC SAND: A bill in the Minnesota legislature would require frac sand mines to get approval from the state Department of Natural Resources. (Minnesota Public Radio)

ETHANOL: Minnesota ethanol producers hope to rebound after a year of high corn prices and plant shutdowns. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

EMISSIONS: A report shows that as utilities shift from coal, reductions in CO2 emissions still lag behind those of other pollutants. (Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR: OSHA sides with an engineer who was fired for reporting unsafe conditions at a Kansas nuclear plant. (Topeka Capital Journal)

TRANSPORTATION: Ford, which popularized the V-8 engine in the 1930s, predicts two-thirds of cars sold in 2020 will have four-cylinder engines. (Detroit News)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A study finds a proposed Cleveland trash-to-energy plant would be “an economic lead balloon,” leading several city leaders to declare the project dead. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

MEDIA: Mother Jones magazine tracks down its most prolific climate-denying Twitter troll for a face-to-face interview.

COMMENTARY: Solar power costs close in on wind, and the New York Times again calls on President Obama to take more aggressive action on climate change. (Reuters, New York Times)

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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