NATURAL GAS: The Department of Energy says natural gas will surpass coal as the leading source of electricity by 2035. (USA Today)

WIND: An AWEA official says MidAmerican’s $1 billion wind turbine deal is a sign that “the wind industry can compete on its own” without subsidies. (Bloomberg)

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SOLAR: A two-year legal dispute over a solar installation in a St. Louis suburb has prompted the latest legislative effort to clarify the rights of homeowners to go solar. (Midwest Energy News)

POLICY: ALEC-backed lawmakers in Kansas will try again to repeal the state’s renewable energy standard, and a report finds the White House delayed pollution rules and other regulations to avoid controversy prior to the 2012 election. (Lawrence Journal-World, Washington Post)

EPA: Illinois and Minnesota are among 15 states calling upon the EPA to adopt their policies as a template for federal rules to cut carbon emissions. (Reuters)

EFFICENCY: Ohio and Michigan will team up to promote the energy-efficiency manufacturing sector, and Iowa regulators approve MidAmerican’s plan to spend $500 million on efficiency through 2018. (CBS Detroit, Des Moines Register)

COAL: A court upholds permits for upgrades to a Michigan coal plant, rejecting a challenge from the Sierra Club. (Great Lakes Echo)

OIL: U.S. oil production will continue to grow over the next four years, a drilling company anticipates a new oil boom in eastern Colorado, and North Dakota officials plan a study to “dispel the myth” that the state’s crude oil is dangerous to ship by rail. (New York Times, Denver Post, Associated Press)

KEYSTONE XL: A contractor that worked on the State Department’s environmental review of Keystone XL is also a member of industry groups that support the project, and Nebraska is now the only state with landowners still resisting the project. (Politico, Omaha World-Herald)

FRAC SAND: Wisconsin fines a frac sand mining company $200,000 for pollution violations, a Wisconsin county will vote on sand mining rules, and officials in a Wisconsin town face a recall election tonight over support of proposed mining operations. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin Public Radio, Grist)

UTILITIES: A report finds utilities face challenges recruiting new workers and retraining existing ones as their business models evolve. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY:It is time to move on” and stop attacking Ohio’s energy law. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

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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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