WIND: Extension of the wind tax credit could revive up to 800 megawatts in stalled projects in Ohio; meanwhile, the industry still seeks more-permanent incentives. (Columbus Dispatch, Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: A noise study of a Wisconsin wind farm finds no evidence linking the turbines to reported health problems, but recommends the issue be researched further. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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CLIMATE: A study finds that delaying action on climate change will be far more costly than taking more aggressive steps now, and oil and gas companies lag other industries in making plans to cut emissions. (Reuters, InsideClimate News)

COAL: Last week, Indiana regulators approved a settlement capping ratepayers’ share of the Edwardsport coal gasification plant at $2.6 billion; and a judge ruled that environmental groups cannot intervene in a North Dakota lawsuit over Minnesota’s restrictions on coal-fired power. (Indianapolis Business Journal, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

SOLAR: MidAmerican Energy will pay as much as $2.5 billion for two California solar plants. (Forbes)

KEYSTONE XL: A Nebraska judge rules that a lawsuit challenging the state’s review of the Keystone XL pipeline can proceed. (Omaha World-Herald)

FRAC SAND: A citizens’ group appeals a Minnesota town’s approval of a frac sand loading facility. (Winona Daily News)

NATURAL GAS: Wisconsin Power & Light will acquire a natural gas plant near Beloit for $400 million. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

TRANSPORTATION: A report projects worldwide sales of hybrid and electric vehicles to reach 3.8 million annually by 2020. (Forbes)

COMMENTARY: Why the wind industry’s tax-credit celebration will be short-lived. (EnergyBiz)

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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