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Ohio lawmakers consider plan to ‘freeze’ energy laws

OHIO: A case before the Ohio Supreme Court could leave the state’s ratepayers with no recourse if utilities charge too much for fuel. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: Ohio legislative leaders consider a proposal that would “freeze” the state’s renewable and efficiency laws while they are studied further, as renewable projects face “a gauntlet of little roadblocks” at the local level. (Columbus Dispatch)

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CLIMATE:The polar bear is us“: A new report warns of the human impact of climate change; a proposed EPA budget would give states a leading role in enforcing climate rules; and Gina McCarthy tours the U.S. to promote the Obama administration’s climate plan. (Associated Press, Greenwire, New York Times)

FRACKING: While geologists haven’t determined a link between fracking and earthquakes in Ohio, neighbors say they have little doubt. (Columbus Dispatch)

• Reports find current methods would be “inadequate” to clean up tar sands crude from the Great Lakes. (Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism)
• Workers contain about 34,000 gallons of crude from a North Dakota pipeline spill. (Bismarck Tribune)
Repairs begin on a pipeline that spill oil into an Ohio nature preserve. (Columbus Dispatch)
A worker is killed in an accident at a North Dakota drilling site. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A Michigan university says as much as 200 million barrels of oil in the state could be recovered through CO2 injection. (Kalamazoo Gazette)
• Supporters and critics are evenly divided at pipeline hearings in northern Minnesota. (Duluth News Tribune)

KANSAS: A Senate panel advances a bill to repeal the state’s renewable energy standard. (Wichita Eagle)

SOLAR: The municipal utility in Lincoln, Nebraska announces a new net metering plan. (Lincoln Journal Star)

WIND: A group of 144 members of Congress write a letter urging renewal of the production tax credit. (The Hill)

EFFICIENCY: A Wisconsin developer introduces a new smartphone app to help track energy use, and Kansas officials conduct energy audits on rural grocery stores. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Topeka Capital-Journal)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators will investigate a small fire at a Michigan nuclear plant, and environmental groups oppose extending a Missouri plant’s operating license. (Toledo Blade, Fulton Sun)

HYDROPOWER: Ohio regulators say a Pennsylvania dam should not qualify as “renewable” under state law. (Platts)

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UTILITIES: Wisconsin struggles with regulatory questions around small, private generators. (Daily Reporter)

COMMENTARY: FERC Order 1000 has its day in court. (NRDC Switchboard)

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