BAKKEN: A Minnesota company plans an “energy corridor,” allowing pipelines to ship oil, natural gas and other commodities out of North Dakota via its existing transmission right-of-way. (Fargo Forum)

SOLAR: A Wisconsin house that received national media attention for its energy efficiency is at the center of a net-metering dispute with the rural co-op that serves it. (Midwest Energy News)

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COAL: Minnesota regulators approve a utility’s $430 million plan to upgrade a coal unit, which will result in rate increases for customers. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

PIPELINES: The drilling boom means thousands of miles of new pipelines are being built without any regulatory oversight, and Michigan Rep. Fred Upton proposes a bill to set a time limit on pipeline reviews. (InsideClimate News, The Hill)

OHIO: Clean-energy industries defend the state’s renewable energy law; a former legislator says an effort to weaken the law “is bad for Ohio“; and Cincinnati is recognized by the EPA for its emissions reductions, equivalent to taking 60,000 cars off the road. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Columbus Business First, Cincinnati Business Courier)

WIND: Conservative groups begin working to ensure the production tax credit does not receive another extension. (E&E Daily)

POLITICS: How a government shutdown would impact the energy industry. (SNL)

CLIMATE: The State Department will report to the U.N. today on U.S. efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will be in Ann Arbor today and Madison tomorrow to rally support for newly proposed carbon rules. (The Hill)

TRANSPORTATION: A federal judge’s ruling in an ownership dispute means Chicago’s network of electric car charging stations can begin moving forward again, a Milwaukee taxi company will switch half its fleet to hybrids, and opponents of a Milwaukee streetcar want state regulators to kill the project. (Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MICHIGAN: Retired Navy Vice Admiral Lee Gunn is in Michigan this week to advise Gov. Rick Snyder on renewable energy policy. (WKZO)

GRID: An Ontario project will use flywheels to help balance output from two wind farms. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY: Why the natural gas industry should embrace regulation. (The Energy Collective)

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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