CLIMATE: President Obama will unveil his climate change plan in a speech tomorrow, Republicans are already lining up to oppose the plan, and Keystone XL is not likely to be mentioned. (Washington Post, Fox News, The Hill)

COAL: Tenaska has formally abandoned plans to build a coal plant and carbon-capture project in Illinois. (Springfield State Journal-Register)

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TRANSPORTATION: A review of recent research finds that substantial cuts in the fuel used to transport the nation’s goods will require a shift away from trucks and towards trains. (Midwest Energy News)

FRACKING: The EPA has dropped an investigation that had earlier concluded hydraulic fracturing was to blame for water contamination in a Wyoming town. (EnergyWire)

SOLAR: Private developers plan to build a 2 MW solar array to serve the Toledo Zoo. (Toledo Blade)

OIL: Cleanup is still not complete in Michigan three years after a ruptured pipeline leaked oil sands crude into the Kalamazoo River, and the planned expansion of that pipeline has neighbors concerned. (Detroit Free Press)

NUCLEAR: Cheap natural gas continues to pose economic challenges for the nuclear power industry. (Houston Chronicle)

ETHANOL: Minnesota ethanol producers are seeing a weak turnaround this year but still face challenges. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

MINNESOTA: Utility crews are still working to restore electricity after a string of weekend storms caused the worst power outage in state history. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Why new transmission lines are key to broader reliance on renewable energy. (Grist)

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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