OHIO: While ratepayers will soon see a new line item for renewable energy and efficiency on their bills, other charges — including possible payments to guarantee income for coal plants — will remain hidden. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: American Electric Power’s CEO discusses the possibility of selling the company’s unregulated power plants. (Columbus Business First)

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EPA: EPA officials are “very confident” pollution rules will survive legal and political challenges. (Greenwire)

OIL AND GAS:
• Oil production has fallen as much as 62 percent in some North Dakota counties. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A North Dakota oil field worker was killed in a fire on Tuesday. (Bismarck Tribune)
• An industry group says “onerous” methane regulations “could threaten the shale energy revolution.” (Bloomberg)
• North Dakota officials reported a spill at a well site on Wednesday. (Bismarck Tribune)
• An amendment to a Keystone XL bill in Congress would subject the oil to U.S. export rules. (Bloomberg)

CLIMATE: A Keystone XL amendment will put U.S. Senators on the record on climate science. (New York Times)

MINNESOTA: Legislative leaders discussed energy policy on Minnesota Public Radio yesterday. (MPR News)

EFFICIENCY: A Missouri utility increases its charge for energy efficiency. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: House Republicans want to revive the Yucca Mountain waste project. (The Hill)

TRANSPORTATION: Elon Musk says hydrogen-powered cars are “extremely silly.” (MLive)

SOLAR: A rooftop installation at a St. Louis-area Ikea store will be the largest in Missouri. (St. Louis Business Journal)

INDIANA: Advocates say Gov. Mike Pence is overly focused on coal. (Indiana Public Media)

MANUFACTURING: Crowds gather to watch a massive generator move through an Ohio town. (Columbus Dispatch)

GRID: A squirrel knocked out power to 4,500 customers near Cincinnati on Monday. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

COMMENTARY: Why the EPA’s methane crackdown is “a moment of truth” for the oil and gas industry. (Mother Jones)

Ken Paulman

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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