OHIO: Lawmakers craft a compromise that would preserve Ohio’s renewable energy and efficiency standards, with some changes. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

SOLAR: Iowa legislators say a bill to expand the state’s tax credits will open wider doors for solar power, and a Berkshire Hathaway Energy executive says Midwest utilities are unlikely to pursue solar on their own without legislative mandates. (Midwest Energy News, Des Moines Register)

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COAL: Indiana leads the U.S. in coal ash ponds — along with cases of contamination. (Indianapolis Star)

FRACKING: The drilling boom contributes to a spike in roadway fatalities, and a drilling company agrees to a $5 million settlement over charges of rigging bids on land leases in Michigan. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: An energy efficiency bill backed by an Ohio senator could see a vote in the U.S. Senate this week. (Columbus Dispatch)

UTILITIES: States have few resources to deal with cybersecurity threats to grid infrastructure. (EnergyWire)

TECHNOLOGY: Johnson Controls and the University of Wisconsin unveil a new testing lab for advanced battery technology in Madison. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

NATURAL GAS: The EPA orders $2 million in improvements to reduce emissions from a Kansas natural gas storage facility. (Wichita Business Journal)

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SS BADGER: The coal-fired SS Badger ferry will start its season later this month with $1 million worth of pollution upgrades. (Ludington Daily News)

COMMENTARY: The bill targeting Ohio’s clean energy laws is “not even a good fake-out.” (Akron Beacon Journal)

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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