OHIO: Hearings begin today on an Ohio bill that would cancel requirements for additional renewable energy and energy efficiency after 2014. (Midwest Energy News)

PETCOKE: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed new restrictions on petcoke storage contain an exemption for companies that burn the material on-site. (Chicago Tribune)

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COAL: In anticipation of new EPA carbon rules, coal-dependent states are exploring ways to meet the standards, and Illinois regulators agree to a more transparent process for coal mining permits. (Reuters, Associated Press)

COAL ASH: Duke Energy says a hazardous waste declaration from the EPA would make coal ash impossible to store in current facilities. (Raleigh News & Observer)

RENEWABLES: A new report from Citigroup finds wind and solar are increasingly competitive with fossil fuels on cost; Exelon renews its fight against tax credits for wind, and may also go after incentives for solar; and a Nebraska lawmaker withdraws a bill that would have expanded the list of considerations for new energy projects. (Greentech Media, Omaha World-Herald)

OIL: Michigan’s lieutenant governor signs a bill creating tax breaks for CO2-enhanced oil recovery, Minnesota explores ways to cash in on North Dakota’s oil boom, and a North Dakota boom town seeks a more stable future. (Detroit Free Press, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal)

ELECTRIC CARS: Why a conservative Minnesota legislator is teaming up with an environmental group on a bill requiring utilities to offer lower rates for charging electric cars during off-peak hours. (Minnesota Watchdog)

POLLUTION: New technology allows the EPA to monitor pollution in greater detail. (Greenwire)

BIOFUELS: Iowa’s Senate approves a bill expanding incentives for biofuels. (Des Moines Register)

UTILITIES: Ohio’s utilities get passing marks for reliability from state regulators. (Columbus Dispatch)

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MEDIA: “60 Minutes” apologizes for dubbing noise from a gasoline car engine over footage of a Tesla Model S in a recent profile on Elon Musk. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Why transmission lines are a better deal than pipelines. (The Equation)

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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