OHIO: A case going before the Ohio Supreme Court could have a major impact on distributed generation in the state, while raising questions about corporate separation and possible conflicts of interest for regulated utilities. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: Xcel Energy says rail backlogs are leading to coal shortfalls at Minnesota’s largest power plant. (La Crosse Tribune)

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EPA: Ohio, Indiana, Nebraska, Kansas and South Dakota are among 12 states suing to block EPA carbon rules. (New York Times)

ALSO: Wisconsin Energy and Ameren challenge EPA emission rules, and environmental groups sue over delays to soot regulations. (Milwaukee Business Journal, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Greenwire)

RENEWABLES: Solar and wind are now routinely generating more electricity than hydropower in the U.S. (The Hill)

PIPELINES: A proposed Iowa pipeline faces a lengthy regulatory process. (Associated Press)

OIL: A state report finds 1 in 7 North Dakota jobs is related to the oil and gas industry, and farmers say leasing rules are too favorable to the oil industry. (Bismarck Tribune)

BIOFUELS: A $400 million biodiesel refinery will be built in Ohio, Kansas ethanol plants begin producing a corn-based diesel alternative, and small-engine retailers push back against higher ethanol blends. (Dayton Business Journal, Topeka Capital-Journal, Minnesota Watchdog)

SOLAR: A Nebraska utility crowd-funds a new solar installation, solar powers a St. Louis mausoleum, and a Michigan automotive company’s tracking solar installation is the largest of its kind in the state. (Lincoln Journal Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MLive)

ELECTRIC CARS: Elon Musk says electric vehicles will compete with gasoline cars on price alone within 10 years. (ClimateWire)

COAL ASH: Wisconsin regulators approve a $13 million coal ash dump expansion. (Wausau Daily Herald)

CARBON CAPTURE: Coal companies see a “significant role” for enhanced oil recovery in cutting carbon emissions. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

TECHNOLOGY: Wisconsin announces $900,000 in funding for the state’s Energy Innovation Center. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: Ohio regulators shouldn’t allow FirstEnergy to keep efficiency documents secret, and an economist debunks six myths that prevent climate change action. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, New York Times)

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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