COAL: Despite concerns over long-term emissions, Minnesota’s largest coal-fired generating unit is set to restart this week after a two-year shutdown. (ClimateWire)

OHIO: A Republican lawmaker’s long-dormant proposal to repeal Ohio’s renewable energy laws will be revived before state regulators today, in what critics says is an effort by state Sen. William Seitz to make his own bill appear more moderate. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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NUCLEAR: Nuclear plant operators say the market is rigged against them, a new report predicts a shortage of a key ingredient for nuclear power operations, and advocates launch a pre-emptive campaign to stop expansion of the Fermi plant in Michigan. (New York Times, Southgate News-Herald)

POLLUTION: Environmental advocates push back as Michigan considers weakening its air emission restrictions. (Detroit News)

SOLAR: A new guide for regulators seeks to settle the debate over the value of rooftop solar, and a report explains why Minnesota will soon be catching up to other states on solar power. (Greentech Media, Rochester Post-Bulletin)

UTILITIES: In a survey of utility executives, 94 percent said they expect to see major changes in their business model between now and 2030. (Greentech Media)

OIL: Business and labor groups rally in Michigan for the Keystone XL pipeline, and Exxon is demolishing homes that were abandoned following an Arkansas pipeline spill earlier this year. (MLive, Conway Log Cabin Democrat)

BIOFUELS: An oil industry group files a lawsuit against the EPA challenging the Renewable Fuel Standard. (The Hill)

WATER: Why adequate cooling water is increasingly an obstacle for new power plants. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: Why a recent court decision against a Kansas coal plant doesn’t come as a surprise. (Wichita Eagle)

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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