EPA: The Supreme Court will hear arguments today in a case closely examining the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases. (Washington Post)

NATURAL GAS: Consumer advocates say most customers who shop around for a lower-cost natural gas supplier end up getting a worse deal. (Midwest Energy News)

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OIL: Railroads agree to new safety measures for hauling crude oil, Wisconsin researchers have developed a new technology for cleaning up oil spills, and southwest Nebraska is seeing a brief oil boom. (New York Times, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Lincoln Journal Star)

COAL: An Illinois mining regulator is placed on unpaid leave after he was found to have accepted political contributions from a coal company, and an Ohio study looks for links between abandoned coal mines and illness. (Carbondale Southern, Columbus Dispatch)

COAL ASH: Muscatine, Iowa is using coal ash as a deicer on roads. (Muscatine Journal)

FRACKING:
• “The industry is frustrated” by a slow-moving rulemaking process in Illinois. (Carbondale Southern)
• How Exxon’s CEO found himself on the side of anti-fracking activists. (Wall Street Journal)
• Drillers seek to bypass Ohio regulations limiting the size of oil fields. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• Companies stop drilling in the Tyler Formation in southwest North Dakota. (Fargo Forum)

WIND: Another study finds no link between wind turbines and health claims, and a UK report finds wind turbines may last longer than previously thought. (The Guardian, Climate Central)

BIOFUELS: The advanced biofuel industry faces an uncertain future in Iowa. (Des Moines Register)

EFFICIENCY: Habitat for Humanity debuts its first net-zero house in Minneapolis. (Minnesota Public Radio)

TRANSMISSION: A Kansas bill backed by farm interests would require more extensive review of transmission line projects. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

UTILITIES: A study finds Minneapolis can cut its carbon emissions without establishing its own utility. (Minnesota Public Radio)

COMMENTARY: Wisconsin’s solar eclipse, and why calling anti-renewable activists “NIMBY” is often inaccurate and always unproductive. (Wisconsin Gazette, CleanTechnica)

Ken Paulman

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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