CLIMATE: A new federal report warns of the security threat from climate change, and Rep. Fred Upton says Exxon “isn’t very serious” in its support for a carbon tax. (The Hill)

WIND: A new wildlife fatality reporting tool for the wind industry aims to give researchers more data on bat and bird deaths — without publicly identifying the wind farms where they occurred. (Midwest Energy News)

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OIL: A new study finds some conventional crudes are just as corrosive to pipelines as dilbit from the oil sands, opponents of Keystone XL want climate change factored in the project’s environmental review, and Enbridge says it’s proceeding with a new pipeline from North Dakota to Wisconsin. (E&E Daily, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wisconsin Public Radio)

FRACKING: Energy experts say drilling can be made safer, and Gov. John Kasich is concerned not enough Ohioans are benefiting from the state’s drilling boom. (Associated Press, Youngstown Vindicator)

COAL: Dynegy unveils $1 billion in new emissions controls it’s installed at four Illinois coal plants. (Baldwin News-Democrat)

CHICAGO: Mayor Rahm Emanuel says cost was the primary reason the city chose Integrys as its power supplier, but the fact that the company doesn’t buy energy from sources that burn coal is “also an additional benefit.” (Chicago Tribune)

TRANSPORTATION: A Flint, Michigan lab helps pioneer next-generation vehicle technology. (

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: New technologies to cleanly convert garbage into electricity or fuel are beginning to catch on. (ClimateWire)

EFFICIENCY: Cincinnati officials consider tax breaks for buildings that meet LEED standards. (Cincinnati Business Courier)

COMMENTARY: Why the courts are the limiting factor for NRDC’s proposal to use the EPA to cut emissions from existing power plants, and how bike lanes benefit Chicago’s tech industry. (Washington Post, Crain’s Chicago Business)


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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