OHIO: Gov. John Kasich says SB 310, which freezes the state’s clean-energy standards, is “a victory for those that care about renewables.” (WCPN)

ALSO: Renewable energy supporters say state Sen. Bill Seitz is “spiking the ball” with a letter claiming they would have been better off under a bill he proposed. (Columbus Business First)

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SOLAR: As battery prices fall, solar entrepreneurs are starting to return to storage as a key component of their business. (Greentech Media)

EFFICIENCY: Cable TV boxes are becoming the second-largest energy user in many homes after air conditioning. (Los Angeles Times)

FRACKING: Ohio landowners lose their appeal in a leasing dispute with Chesapeake energy, and anti-fracking protesters rally in southern Illinois. (Columbus Business First, Carbondale Southern)

TRANSMISSION: Farmers question the need for a planned Wisconsin transmission line: “What good is it for us, if it’s going somewhere else?” (The Country Today)

KANSAS: A Republican lawmaker says he was pressured by Koch Industries to vote for a bill to repeal the state’s renewable energy standard. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

COAL: A hearing is set for a challenge to an Illinois mining permit, and the nation’s oldest coal plants are “an aging fleet of clunkers.” (Carbondale Southern, Washington Post)

OIL: Experts say a State Department analysis on oil-train safety is “totally meaningless.” (McClatchy)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Milwaukee-based hotel chain is installing Tesla charging stations, and a low-speed electric taxi will shuttle visitors around Madison. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Channel 3000)

FRAC SAND: An appeals court rejects a challenge to a Minnesota frac sand mine. (Minnesota Public Radio)

COMMENTARY: Ohio’s clean energy laws put the state “ahead of the game” on reducing carbon emissions. (NRDC Switchboard)

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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