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Ohio manufacturers push for veto of energy law ‘freeze’

OHIO: Why Ohio’s efficiency law “freeze” could increase costs for ratepayers, particularly with new EPA carbon rules on the horizon. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: More than 50 Ohio manufacturers urge Gov. John Kasich to veto SB 310, the bill that would put a two-year hold on renewable energy and efficiency standards. (Columbus Business First)

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PETCOKE: The U.S. EPA says dust from Chicago’s petroleum coke piles violates the Clean Air Act. (Chicago Tribune)

POLLUTION: A study finds substantial declines in mercury levels in Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park, which researchers credit to tougher coal emissions controls. (Forum News Service)

COAL: The president of the Illinois Coal Association vows to fight EPA carbon rules: “I’m a global warming denier. I’ll be upfront about that.” (Illinois Radio Network)

OIL: Michigan officials say a 2012 pipeline spill in the Kalamazoo River won’t lead to long-term health problems, Kansas oil production increased in 2013, and researchers discover oil-eating microbes at the site of a 1979 Minnesota pipeline spill. (MLive, Wichita Business Journal, Minnesota Public Radio)

POLITICS: Energy companies are betting on a Republican Senate takeover, and 41 GOP senators urge President Obama to drop proposed EPA carbon rules. (Bloomberg, The Hill)

FRACKING: Ohio officials have nearly finished installing seismic monitors at wastewater injection sites. (Akron Beacon Journal)

CLIMATE: An insurance company drops its lawsuit over climate change preparations in Chicago. (Chicago Tribune)

EPA: How EPA carbon rules will impact Wisconsin. (Madison Capital Times)

ETHANOL: A court rejects a challenge to a Michigan ethanol plant, but the project may not be built anyway. (Great Lakes Echo)

WIND: In the latest turn in a long-running dispute, a judge orders a Minnesota homeowner to remove his lakefront wind turbine. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

SOLAR: An Illinois school district is installing a $3.2 million solar array. (Chicago Daily Herald)

PROPANE: A new propane terminal is proposed in Wisconsin in response to shortages last winter. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: Iowa is “already ahead of the game” on meeting EPA carbon rules. (Des Moines Register)

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