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Ohio lawmaker plans overhaul of state renewable standard

OIL: Estimates of the amount of oil recovered from the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill disappear from the EPA’s website, after they exceed the amount originally thought to have been spilled. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: Enbridge shuts down a North Dakota pipeline after a leak is discovered, North Dakota lawmakers vote to close an industry tax loophole, and new Bakken reserve estimates fuel excitement among investors. (Reuters, Associated Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

OHIO: After holding a series of hearings, a legislator plans to introduce a bill to make unspecified changes to the state’s renewable energy standard, based on “market conditions”; and a coalition of environmental and consumer groups forms to defend the policies. (Dayton Daily News, Crain’s Cleveland Business)

EFFICIENCY: LEED planning moves beyond individual buildings and into entire neighborhoods. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: How Ohio coal mines frequently fight, and win, against federal fines for pollution violations. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

FRACKING: The fossil fuel industry attracts cleantech investors, as residents in southern Illinois and suburban Detroit prepare for the fracking boom. (Associated Press, Detroit Free Press)

SOLAR: Bills in Minnesota would create a new solar standard and create other solar requirements for utilities. (Minnesota Public Radio)

CLIMATE: Delegates from the U.S. push a new climate plan that would leave emissions targets up to individual countries. (Reuters)

NUCLEAR: The Palisades nuclear plant in Michigan shuts down because of a recurring water leak. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Minnesota falls behind on transit investment, and a report generates controversy for depicting large-scale renewable energy projects as “blight.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Grist)

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