CLIMATE: A UN report says adapting to climate change will cost three times as much as previously thought. (The Guardian)

ALSO: An analysis finds exports of petroleum products are wiping out U.S. emissions gains. (Associated Press)

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HYDRO: Could Iowa really get as much energy from hydropower as it does from wind? (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR: Another round begins in the U.S.-China solar fight, a Michigan solar plant announces another wave of hiring, and a new report ranks state solar policies. (ClimateWire, MLive, NRDC Switchboard)

OIL AND GAS:
• New safety standards for North Dakota oil are expected to be approved today. (Reuters)
• A short documentary explores the problem of exploding rail cars. (InsideClimate News)
• Ohio’s top producing wells are located in two counties. (Columbus Business First)
• Ohio is seeing a boom in pipeline construction. (Toledo Blade)

WIND: Another study finds no scientific link between wind farms and health claims, and Koch-backed groups push against renewal of the production tax credit. (RenewEconomy, Washington Post)

ETHANOL: Chicago’s city council advances a plan to allow E15 sales in the city. (Chicago Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: Significant energy savings from smart meters are still many years away, and Chicago expands energy-efficiency efforts(New York Times, Chicago Tribune)

NUCLEAR: A decision is expected on a proposed Canadian nuclear waste dump by mid-2015. (Great Lakes Echo)

BIOENERGY: A 1.4 MW biodigester is planned for a Michigan dairy. (MLive)

POLLUTION: The EPA approves Iowa’s plan to reduce particulate pollution in Muscatine. Background information here. (Muscatine Journal, Midwest Energy News archive)

COMMENTARY: An opponent of a Wisconsin transmission line says the state should be focused on becoming “energy independent” instead. (Madison Capital Times)

Ken Paulman

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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