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FRACKING: Industry backers say a recent jobs survey makes the case for expanded fracking in Illinois, critics aren’t so sure about the numbers. (Midwest Energy News)

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• Some Illinois landowners are getting fake letters saying their leases have ended. (Carbondale Southern Illinoisan)
• Ohio drilling activity moves south. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Columbus lags other Ohio cities in supply-chain businesses. (Columbus Business First)
• Activists in Columbus push for a “community bill of rights” intended in part to limit drilling activity. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Michigan activists call for more local control of fracking sites. (MLive)

UTILITIES: The AARP opposes a Wisconsin utility’s plan to increased fixed charges: “To have the higher charge… without even turning on a light, is distressing.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

ALSO: NRG Energy’s David Crane says he’s “trying to win at the current model and in the future models“, and a Michigan lawmaker introduces a resolution calling for more generating capacity in the Upper Peninsula. (EnergyWire, WLUC)

EPA: Indiana officials say EPA carbon rules will “cause significant harm to Hoosiers.” (Gannett)

OIL: A study finds allowing crude oil exports would lower gasoline prices in the U.S., and federal regulators introduce new rules intended to prevent runaway oil trains. (Associated Press, The Hill)

ETHANOL: Another Iowa plant begins producing cellulosic ethanol. (Radio Iowa)

EFFICIENCY: LED streetlights aren’t just saving money, they’re changing the way cities appear and are even credited for helping reduce crime. (Forbes)

SOLAR: An anonymous donor gives $90,000 toward installing solar panels in Ypsilanti, Michigan. (Ypsilanti Courier)

COMMENTARY: The Republican Party’s secret stance on climate change, and Illinois’ fracking regulations remain “a model for how future rules-making procedures should be handled.” (io9, Bloomington Panatagraph)

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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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