CLIMATE: An email shows Exxon was studying its impact on climate change as early as 1981. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: From the Vatican to a gathering of Green Muslims in Wisconsin, faith groups continue their push for clean energy. (Midwest Energy News)

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OHIO: A spokesman for Gov. John Kasich dismisses claims that Ohio’s clean-energy freeze prompted Facebook to choose Texas instead for a new data center. (Columbus Dispatch)

UTILITIES: As Dynegy prepares to exit California, its CEO still sees strong potential for fossil fuel generation in the Midwest, “particularly in Ohio.” (Columbus Business First)

OIL AND GAS:
• North Dakota regulators are “seeing a continual stream of applications” for pipeline projects. (Bismarck Tribune)
• City and county officials in Ohio appeal to Gov. John Kasich for more local control of drilling operations. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

WIND:
• Iowa regulators are expected to decide next month on MidAmerican Energy’s proposed $900 million wind expansion. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Officials in a North Dakota county approve a 75-turbine wind farm despite opposition from some landowners. (Forum News Service)

SOLAR:
• Crews begin installing a solar array at a new St. Paul baseball stadium. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A $300,000 grant helps support small solar projects in Indiana. (Public News Service)
• A Dubuque, Iowa homeowner sues the city after his permit for a solar project was rescinded. (Dubuque Telegraph Herald)

COAL:
• An analysis finds a Minnesota utility could save money by shutting down two coal units. (WNAX)
• The Ohio Supreme Court declines to hear a coal executive’s defamation case against a small-town newspaper. (Columbus Dispatch)

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WISCONSIN: A budget amendment would raise the pay of the state’s Public Service Commission chair. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: Ohio can lead on climate change. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

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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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