OHIO: Ohio regulators reject a utility’s plan to guarantee income for its power plants, saying the proposal would not benefit ratepayers. (Columbus Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: Illinois legislators are expected to introduce a bill calling for a low-carbon energy standard to help support Exelon’s nuclear plants. (EnergyWire)

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EPA: The cross-state pollution rule may still be vulnerable to legal challenge, and state that reject the Clean Power Plan could end up with higher rates. (Greenwire, InsideClimate News)

SOLAR: Officials in Sioux Falls reject a proposed solar farm, a West Coast port dispute impacts a Michigan solar plant, and more solar manufacturers plan to own their own projects. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader, MLive, Bloomberg)

COAL: Peabody Energy cuts its forecast for U.S. coal demand, citing competition from natural gas, and North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp will introduce a bill calling for $10 billion to support “clean coal.” (SNL, Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: Missouri officials resolve a dispute over Ameren’s efficiency program, and Ohio State University expects to save millions by privatizing its energy infrastructure. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Columbus Business First)

OIL AND GAS: No resolution is in sight for the U.S. refinery strike after 25 days, and the impact of lower prices is yet to be seen on Ohio oil and gas output. (Reuters, Columbus Dispatch)

WIND: A wind developer fights a South Dakota county over installing meteorological towers to measure wind capacity in the area. (Associated Press)

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TRANSPORTATION: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signs a bill increasing the state’s gasoline tax 10 cents per gallon. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY: What the Keystone XL debate says about the shift in U.S. energy politics. (Vox)

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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