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Ohio lawmakers to extend clean-energy freeze indefinitely

OHIO: Citing uncertainty with the Clean Power Plan, a Republican-led panel of lawmakers is expected to announce today an indefinite freeze of the state’s clean-energy standards. (Columbus Dispatch)

KEYSTONE XL: TransCanada withdraws its lawsuits in Nebraska seeking to use eminent domain to access residents’ property for the pipeline, opting instead to go through the state regulatory commission. (Associated Press)

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CLIMATE CHANGE: A retired Navy admiral was in Michigan this week meeting with lawmakers on the importance of energy independence and climate adaptation for national security. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL AND GAS:
• Six years ago, Ohio officials planned a renewable energy facility at a former coal plant site where an ethane cracker plant now is being planned. (Columbus Business First)
The Obama administration announces new rules for monitoring toxic air emissions at oil refineries. (Associated Press)
The retreat of oil rigs in the Bakken oil patch is sending ripples through the industry. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR:
• A Madison, Wisconsin-based utility plans to pilot a 500-kilowatt community solar project. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Researchers in West Michigan are awarded a patent for a battery storage system tailored to individual panels rather than a full installation. (MLive)
Nationwide, community solar projects are launching outside of state mandates. (Greentech Media)
Officials unveil a new 1-megawatt array in Indiana. (WTHI-TV)

PIPELINES: Federal judges reject environmental groups’ challenge that an oil pipeline from Illinois to Oklahoma needed a full review under the National Environmental Policy Act. (Greenwire)

GRID: The Department of Energy’s national laboratories plan a coordinated effort to address changes and cyber threats to the electric grid. (EnergyWire)

COAL: A train hauling coal collides with another train, blocking a two-mile stretch of road through a Wisconsin town. (WISN-TV)

EFFICIENCY: A Nebraska utility is forced to delay a study on interrupting service to customers during times of peak demand. (Lincoln Journal Star)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: After nearly two years of delay, Tesla unveils its first electric SUV. (Chicago Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• After speaking in support of the Sandpiper pipeline, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton “does not understand climate change” or the potential environmental risks to Minnesota. (Brainerd Dispatch)
Contrary to the actions of Ohio Republicans, thousands of residents are demanding the state lead on clean energy. (NRDC Switchboard)
Indiana should embrace the opportunity for a clean-energy future. (South Bend Tribune)

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