EPA: The EPA will announce carbon restrictions on new power plants today, which will essentially prohibit new coal plants without carbon-capture technology. (New York Times)

WIND: With arguably Minnesota’s most contentious wind farm fight in the history books, what lessons does it hold for future projects? (Midwest Energy News)

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TECHNOLOGY: The Energy Department plans to revive its loan guarantee program, this time with $8 billion devoted to helping clean up fossil fuel projects. (New York Times)

FRACKING: A government watchdog group says $1.8 million oil and gas industry contributions to Ohio elected officials show a need for tougher disclosure rules, the Ohio Supreme Court will hear a case challenging a law giving the state DNR sole authority over drilling permits, and an oil industry economist tells a Michigan audience that attacks on fracking could harm the U.S. economic recovery. (Columbus Dispatch, Youngstown Vindicator, MLive)

FRAC SAND: Minnesota withdraws its proposed frac sand standards and will revise with more industry and public input, and officials in an Iowa city are asked to pass a resolution opposing increased mining. (Minnesota Public Radio, Decorah Newspapers)

NATURAL GAS: Two Ohio lawmakers are preparing a bill to offer tax credits for converting vehicles to run on natural gas. (Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION: An Illinois public hearing on the Rock Island Clean Line draws a standing-room-only crowd, and a Nebraska utility proposes a new transmission line to ease congestion and open up development of wind power. (LaSalle News Tribune, McCook Daily Gazette)

POLITICS: A key Democrat says he won’t support FERC nominee Ron Binz, and a once-promising federal efficiency bill will be sidelined after getting caught up in other political fights. (The Hill)

BIOFUELS: Poet plans to open its first cellulosic biofuel plant, in Iowa, early next year. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

CLIMATE: A review of data finds most companies are disregarding an SEC requirement to disclose climate-change risks to investors. (InsideClimate News)

COAL: A judge sides with Ohio officials in a dispute with the Army Corps of Engineers over whether the state could lease coal rights in the watershed of a state park reservoir. (Associated Press)

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IOWA: Iowa rural co-ops warn of a “tremendous negative impact” after being turned down for $20 million in federal aid to repair damage from an April storm. (Des Moines Register)

COMMENTARY: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy explains why “the argument that we must choose between economic growth and environmental protection is a false one.” (Huffington 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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