UTILITIES: Dynegy announces plans to buy more than $6 billion in generating capacity, including Duke Energy’s non-regulated Midwest power plants. (Chicago Tribune)

ELECTRIC CARS: Ohio groups promote workplace charging stations to further boost interest in electric cars. (Midwest Energy News)

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FRACKING: A Michigan lawmaker introduces a bill to block radioactive drilling waste from out-of-state. (Detroit Free Press)

• Enbridge boosts capacity while avoiding State Department scrutiny by switching oil from one pipeline to another before crossing the border. (Bloomberg)
• Iowa farmers raise concerns about a proposed pipeline across the state. (Des Moines Register)
• A broken pipeline spills a small amount of oil in North Dakota. (UPI)
• Jurors reject a Michigan business owner’s lawsuit over the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill. (Battle Creek Enquirer)
• Wisconsin officials say they are prepared for a pipeline spill. (Channel 3000)

OIL: North Dakota regulators set a date for a hearing on the safety of shipping Bakken oil. (Forum News Service)

SOLAR: Why concentrated solar plants are a minor threat for birds, and lawmakers in several states fight homeowners association restrictions on solar panels. (Bloomberg, Think Progress)

POLLUTION: The EPA says toxic air pollution has dropped dramatically in the U.S. since 1990. (The Hill)

OHIO: A poll finds Ohioans are mostly opposed to utility “bailout” plans for older power plants. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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WIND: Two companies making small wind turbines hope to replicate the success of the solar industry. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY: Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change. (Washington Post)

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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