CLIMATE: NOAA revises its May 9 carbon dioxide reading, and says we haven’t hit 400 ppm after all, climate skeptics seize upon papers projecting a lower temperature rise, activists on both sides of the climate debate misuse research about impacts, and the clock ticks slowly on carbon rules for existing power plants. (Los Angeles Times, New York Times, InsideClimate News)

WIND: Wind farms get a pass for deaths of protected birds while the fossil fuel industry faces prosecution, a new data project will provide a more accurate picture of wildlife interactions with wind farms, and MidAmerican’s major expansion may push it ahead of Xcel as the country’s top wind energy producer. (Associated Press, Treehugger, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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UTILITIES: As wholesale prices remain low but retail rates climb, Michigan and Indiana take another look at deregulating their electricity markets. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: AES Corp plans to shut down several coal-fired units in Ohio and Indiana, Illinois officials investigate new pollution complaints at a coal mine site, and a new book commemorates Ohio’s coal mining history. (Reuters, Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, Weirton Daily Times)

NUCLEAR: A crack is found in a cooling water tank at the Palisades nuclear plant in Michigan, which remains shut down after leaking radioactive water into Lake Michigan. (

TRANSPORTATION: A new report finds Americans are driving less, led by Millennials, who are less likely to drive than previous generations. (New York Times)

FRACKING: Hundreds of new pipelines are planned for eastern Ohio. (Columbus Dispatch)

FRAC SAND: Activists in an Iowa county gather 1,350 signatures calling for a two-year moratorium on frac sand mining. (Decorah Journal)

NATURAL GAS: A proposed new power plant gets a warm reception at a public hearing in an Ohio town. (Toledo Blade)

ILLINOIS: Bloomington becomes the latest city to opt for 100 percent renewable energy in its municipal aggregation plan. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

COMMENTARY: Should Congress focus on taking small bites on energy policy? (National Journal)

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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