OHIO: Results of a recent capacity auction show northern Ohio consumers will save millions of dollars in coming years, thanks to state energy efficiency requirements. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: After years of controversy and cost overruns, Duke Energy’s Edwardsport, Indiana coal gasification plant is up and running. (Indianapolis Star)

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FRACKING: The EIA says the shale boom has increased recoverable oil and gas reserves in the U.S. by 35 percent since 2011, and a prominent ecologist denounces “compromise-oriented environmental organizations” for backing tougher fracking regulations in Illinois instead of an outright ban. (The Hill, Yes Magazine)

NATURAL GAS: A Colorado State University study will attempt to measure methane emissions from pipelines and other facilities. (Fort Collins Coloradoan)

EFFICIENCY: New low-cost LED bulbs change the lighting game, and a three-year effort in Detroit was able to improve efficiency in 84 buildings and 15 million square feet of commercial space. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Model D Media)

POLITICS: An inspector general report finds nepotism is “open and widely accepted” within the Energy Department. (Washington Post)

WIND: Can wind turbines withstand an EF-5 tornado? (Sustainable Business)

NUCLEAR: How the closure of a California nuclear plant differs from the shutdown of Wisconsin’s Kewaunee plant. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Despite publicly rejecting the project, city officials in Cleveland continue to pursue a permit for a waste-to-energy plant. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

WATER: Low water levels on the Great Lakes continue to impact shipping of coal and other commodities. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: Debunking the myth that electric cars aren’t really “green” compared to gasoline counterparts. (The Energy Collective)

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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