EPA: Environmentalists say an EPA plan to allow utilities to use diesel generators for demand management is a step in the wrong direction. (Midwest Energy News)

FRACKING: The EPA has stopped water shipments to Dimock, Pennsylvania, the town made famous in the anti-fracking documentary “Gasland,” after new rounds of testing found no unsafe levels of pollutants. (Associated Press)

ALSO: A new study finds determining the number of oil and gas wells per inspector is impossible in some states, because the data isn’t available. (EnergyWire)

POLITICS: The Obama campaign is traveling to heavily Republican areas of Iowa this week, to tout the administration’s support for wind energy; and the House energy committee approves the “no more Solyndras” bill, which would severely curtail Energy Department loan guarantees. (Des Moines Register, The Hill)

MICHIGAN: Consumers Energy and DTE Energy each gave more than $2.9 million to an effort to defeat a ballot measure that would expand Michigan’s renewable energy standard, more than double the entire budget of proponents. (MLive.com)

NATURAL GAS: A report predicts North Dakota’s natural gas production will increase sixfold by 2025. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

NUCLEAR: Ohio’s FirstEnergy is studying the possibility of building a small nuclear reactor somewhere in its service territory. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

BIOFUELS: The oil industry files another lawsuit over the EPA’s cellulosic biofuel mandate. (Reuters)

PIPELINES: New federal safety rules are moving at a pace so slow they won’t be in place to apply to thousands of miles of proposed pipelines, including Keystone XL. (InsideClimate News)

BIOGAS: Ameren Missouri proposes a 15 MW generating plant powered by landfill gas, which would be the largest of its kind in the U.S. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

TRANSMISSION: Brad Plumer explains why most cities don’t bury power lines. (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY: The Wisconsin State Journal defends natural gas in the face of controversy over fracking and sand mining, and Dawn Stover outlines success stories in overcoming NIMBYism. (Wisconsin State Journal, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

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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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