OHIO: The House is expected to vote today on a controversial bill to freeze the state’s renewable energy and efficiency standards. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

NUCLEAR: Exelon’s nuclear plants are priced out of a PJM capacity auction, eliminating a key source of revenue and raising questions about their future viability. Meanwhile, a resolution in the Illinois legislature aims to improve the plants’ competitiveness. (Chicago Tribune, EnergyWire)

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COAL: The PJM Interconnection will have plenty of reserve power in coming years despite coal plant shutdowns, and a judge tosses a St. Louis ballot initiative targeting coal companies. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

ALSO: A coal industry claim that EPA rules will cause electricity prices to increase 80 percent “falls apart under close scrutiny.” (Washington Post)

COAL ASH: Dispute over a proposed coal ash dump in Missouri centers around whether it is 2 feet above the water table as required by zoning laws. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

CLIMATE: Cap-and-trade is alive and well in many states, and may provide a blueprint for complying with EPA carbon rules. (Politico)

OIL AND GAS: The shale boom is due for a shakeout, a proposed pipeline expansion draws opposition in Wisconsin, and a tornado at a North Dakota oil field “man camp” raises new safety concerns for workers. (Bloomberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Associated Press)

WIND: GE says it can improve output from existing wind farms by extending blade length. (PhysOrg)

EFFICIENCY: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will be in St. Paul today to tour a heat-recovery system at the Science Museum of Minnesota. (MinnPost)

COMMENTARY: Utilities fight solar power in Missouri. (Grist)

CORRECTION: An item in yesterday’s digest mischaracterized a court ruling on FERC’s demand-response policy. It impacts grid operators, not utilities.

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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