COAL: A court ruling Friday reverses an air permit for a proposed Kansas coal plant, dealing a major setback to the project. (Kansas City Star)

ALSO: The Sierra Club targets a Michigan utility for its dependence on coal, and a power plant upgrade in Wisconsin will be the first in the U.S. to use new pollution control technology. (Detroit Free Press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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OHIO: An Ohio aluminum plant will shut down, blaming in part the state’s high industrial electricity rates brought on by deregulation. (Columbus Dispatch)

PIPELINES: Arkansas legislators try to toughen pipeline regulations, but are largely powerless against federal authority; and residents of a Michigan town, still suffering from the effects of the 2010 Kalamazoo River spill, object to Enbridge plans to remove a historic dam. (InsideClimate News, Battle Creek Enquirer)

OIL: Has North Dakota’s oil industry surpassed agriculture in economic impact? (Associated Press)

FRACKING: Ohio will soon allow large, open-air wastewater pools; the state seeks more resources to track seismic activity at injection wells, and anti-drilling activists soften their tone. (Youngstown Vindicator, Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press)

FRAC SAND: The sand mining boom raises health concerns in Wisconsin. (Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism)

EFFICIENCY: An Indiana county reinvests savings from efficiency programs directly into new energy projects, which it hopes will become a national model. (Great Lakes Echo)

FERC: President Obama’s top contender to lead FERC will likely be less controversial than previous nominee Ron Binz. (Greenwire)

TRANSMISSION: Landowners in Illinois are granted a rehearing on a proposed transmission line route. (Jacksonville Journal Courier)

SOLAR: A Minnesota company develops a modular solar panel system that it says homeowners can install themselves. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A landfill gas power plant opens in Lincoln, Nebraska; while two waste-to-energy plants in Iowa shut down amid financial troubles. (Lincoln Journal Star, Cedar Rapids Gazette)

BIOFUELS: Ethanol producers in Minnesota seek to improve their margins by producing other products. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s position on coal seems to vary depending on which part of the state he’s speaking in. (Midwest Energy News)

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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