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MICHIGAN: Late last year, developers proposed a 40,000-barrel-a-day refinery in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Since that time, “not a peep” has been said about the project. (Midwest Energy News)

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OHIO: Dynegy says it is “very interested” in American Electric Power’s Ohio power plants after the utility failed to win profit guarantees from regulators last month. (Columbus Business First)

EFFICIENCY: A consumer group says efficiency has saved Illinois ratepayers more money than electric competition. (Chicago Tribune)

FRACKING: After five years of studying whether fracking can impact drinking water, the EPA still has no clear answer. (InsideClimate News)

• Nebraska landowners protest a proposed oil-waste facility over the Ogallala Aquifer. (Chadron Record)
• Warren Buffet, despite his stake in BNSF Railway, says “I would have passed” Keystone XL. (The Hill)
• Ohio sues BP, saying the company was not eligible for $33 million it took from a state cleanup fund. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Michigan lawmakers seek greater setbacks between drilling operations and homes. (Detroit News)

TRANSMISSION: Illinois landowners discuss proposed routes for the Grain Belt Express transmission line. (Terre Haute Tribune-Star)

GREEN ECONOMY: Energy firms are not immune to a manufacturing slowdown in Iowa. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY: The case for a market-based approach to energy efficiency. (Greentech Media)

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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