MICHIGAN: As Michigan debates whether to expand its renewable energy standard, a new report finds the state could exceed 30 percent renewable energy at little cost. (Midwest Energy News)

KANSAS: A state lawmaker warns another attempt to repeal the state’s renewable energy standard could be coming. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

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CLIMATE: Despite increasingly dire warnings from scientists, “remarkably little will change” in Congress on climate policy. (The Hill)

ALSO: Scientists say uncontrolled development of biofuels could limit progress on fighting climate change. (ClimateWire)

NUCLEAR: A taxpayer-backed uranium enrichment facility in Ohio is nearly out of money, and regulators call for improved safety performance at a Minnesota nuclear plant. (Columbus Dispatch, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COAL: Missouri regulators hear arguments over a proposed new coal ash facility, and the EPA seeks public comment on the FutureGen project in Illinois. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Associated Press)

OIL: No additional oil is found in Lake Michigan following last week’s BP refinery spill, a radioactive waste specialist warns North Dakota risks becoming a Superfund site, and Cincinnati officials have no information on oil trains traveling through the city. (Times of Northwest Indiana, Bismarck Tribune)

GRID: An 8 MW energy storage facility begins operating in Ohio. (reNews)

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TECHNOLOGY: Our final Clean Energy Challenge profile looks at myPower, a device that uses physical motion from walking or running to power a smartphone. (Midwest Energy News)

COMMENTARY: Two former senators warn “the threat to our national fleet of existing nuclear energy plants is real and needs to be addressed.” (The Hill)

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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