OHIO: State Sen. Bill Seitz, an ALEC board member, says “it is a little ridiculous” to suggest ALEC is influencing efforts to repeal the state’s renewable energy standard. (Columbus Dispatch)

ALSO: An Ohio ballot measure calling for a $13 billion clean energy fund controlled by an out-of-state board is rejected due to lack of valid signatures, and manufacturers see fuel cells as a catalyst to economic growth in the state. (Columbus Dispatch, Midwest Energy News)

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EPA: The EPA releases new rules requiring power plants that withdraw cooling water to minimize impact on aquatic life, and a new report says Wisconsin is well-positioned to comply with new EPA pollution rules. (Associated Press, Wisconsin State Journal)

BAKKEN: A new natural gas processing plant is expected to significantly reduce flaring in North Dakota’s oil patch. (Forum News Service)

SOLAR: A 400-acre brownfield site in East St. Louis is being cleared for a planned 20 MW solar project, but a bill to authorize the project is languishing in the Illinois legislature. (Belleville News Democrat)

NUCLEAR: Michigan lawmakers introduce resolutions opposing a proposed Canadian nuclear waste storage facility on Lake Huron. (Detroit Free Press)

TRANSPORTATION: Indianapolis begins unveiling its new all-electric car sharing service, a Wisconsin board rejects a train manufacturer’s claim for damages over the state’s rejection of high-speed rail, and small aircraft remain the last major source of lead pollution in the U.S. (Indianapolis Star, Associated Press, Chicago Tribune)

WIND: A South Dakota plane crash involving a wind turbine last month was a rare incident — only the second one on record, according to federal data. (Associated Press)

ETHANOL: The corn ethanol industry is seeing record profits as the EPA considers lowering the renewable fuel standard. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: A Kansas utility considers allowing smart-meter customers to prepay for electricity, and Ohio regulators want FERC to audit utilities’ abilities to prevent weather-related outages. (Wichita Eagle, Columbus Business First)

TRANSMISSION: Illinois landowners file a lawsuit objecting to the proposed route of an Ameren transmission line. (Alton Telegraph)

COMMENTARY: If energy efficiency “is good enough for the U.S. military, Ohio lawmakers ought to explain why it’s not good enough for the rest of us.” (Cincinnati Enquirer)

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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