GRID: A White House report calls for a massive overhaul of the nation’s energy infrastructure. (Washington Post)

MISO:
• State legislators press MISO for answers on auction results that led to a spike in capacity prices for downstate Illinois. (EnergyWire)
• Exelon’s windfall from the higher prices won’t be as high as analysts projected. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

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CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• The North American Electric Reliability Corp. says a longer timeline will be needed to hit EPA carbon targets. (SNL)
• A study finds EPA carbon rules will create more than 270,000 jobs. (InsideClimate News)

OHIO: U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur says Gov. John Kasich “shouldn’t lead us backwards” on energy policy. (Toledo Blade)

OIL AND GAS:
• Oklahoma scientists say it is “very likely” that recent earthquakes were caused by oil and gas activities. (Greenwire)
• Oil field worker deaths attributed to “natural causes” may be linked to inhalation of toxic gases. (Wall Street Journal)
• Nebraska officials may decide today whether to approve a proposed injection well. (Rapid City Journal)
• A drilling company will be allowed to continue flaring after a North Dakota tribe refused an easement for a natural gas pipeline. (Bismarck Tribune)

UTILITIES:
• Utilities’ capital investments are largely responsible for increased rates in recent years. (Wall Street Journal)
• American Electric Power is increasingly likely to sell its unregulated Ohio power plants. (Columbus Dispatch)
• The Supreme Court says utilities can be sued over a 2001 spike in natural gas prices. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

TRANSMISSION: The Edison Electric Institute estimates there was more than $20 billion in new transmission investments in 2014. (SNL)

CLIMATE: A new report says capturing methane could be a low-cost way to fight climate change. (New York Times)

WASTE TO ENERGY: An Ohio landfill operator has made about $1 million in its first year of capturing and reselling methane and carbon dioxide. (Columbus Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: A study estimates plans to support Exelon’s Illinois nuclear plants will cost ratepayers $1.6 billion over five years. (Quad-City Times)

SOLAR: An Indiana town plans for a second solar farm. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)

ELECTRIC CARS: An Ohio wildlife refuge dedicates two new charging stations. (Toledo Blade)

EFFICIENCY: The U.S. House approves a bill to create a voluntary efficiency standard for commercial buildings. (The Hill)

TECHNOLOGY: Tesla is expected to announce later this month a home battery and “very large” grid-scale battery for energy storage. (Bloomberg)

***SPONSORED LINK: What is the media’s role in addressing environmental challenges? Join Ensia magazine for a conversation with journalist Marc Gunther May 20 at the University of Minnesota. Free and open to the public.***

COMMENTARY:
• Polls show broad support for clean energy in Illinois. (Huffington Post)
• How strengthening Illinois’ efficiency standard could drive billions in new investment. (The Equation)

CORRECTION: It is Wisconsin’s state legislature that is moving to cut funding for a consumer advocacy organization, not Minnesota. The state was incorrect in an item in yesterday’s digest.

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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