FRACKING: Ohio’s Supreme Court rejects local fracking bans, saying only the state can regulate drilling. (Columbus Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: Exelon says it expects a bill to help its Illinois nuclear plants to be introduced next month. (EnergyWire)

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EPA: Grid operators say they want more time to implement the Clean Power Plan, and coal-dependent states pursue legal challenges to carbon regulation and push for lower targets. (EnergyWire, InsideClimate News, SNL)

PETCOKE: Chicago officials deny a company’s request for more time to enclose petroleum coke piles. (Chicago Sun-Times)

• An oil train continues to burn in West Virginia and could pose a threat to Cincinnati’s water supply. (MetroNews, WCPO)
• The train consisted of modern tanker cars that the rail industry regards as safe. (Wall Street Journal)
• The spill renews calls for tougher regulation of oil trains. (The Hill)
• North Dakota regulators are downplaying oil spills; three recent spills were reported this week. (Inside Energy, UPI)
• A refinery strike has had little impact on gasoline prices. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: A survey finds solar jobs have doubled in Minnesota in the last year. (KSTP)

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ELECTRIC CARS: The Sierra Club and Americans for Prosperity team up to support Tesla’s sales model. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY: A Wisconsin utility pushes ahead with a new power plant despite a glut of capacity, why fixed charges aren’t a solution to utilities’ solar challenges, and an Indiana lawmaker stands to profit from his anti-solar bill. (Midwest Energy News, Utility Dive, CleanTechnica)

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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