CLIMATE: A federal climate assessment projects temperatures risings as much as 10°F by the end of the century if emissions aren’t reduced sharply. (The Hill)

WIND: How technology will help wind farm operators more easily wind down turbines in response to electricity demand, and Indiana seeks ways to balance wind energy with wildlife concerns. (ClimateWire, Indianapolis Star)

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COAL: Operators of an Illinois coal plant see extensive environmental upgrades as a competitive advantage as other plants shut down. (Chicago Tribune)

WISCONSIN: As state regulators seek to limit rate increases for large industrial customers, business and residential ratepayers will pick up the difference. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

OIL: A report on Keystone XL’s potential water impact still leaves unanswered questions. (InsideClimate News)

EFFICIENCY: The New York Times profiles a rural Minnesota energy company’s high-efficiency campus.

NORTH DAKOTA: A state budget proposal includes $5 million to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. (Fargo Forum)

CARBON: A Q&A with the Great Plains Institute’s Rolf Nordstrom, who says fossil fuels should be priced according to their impact. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Global warming’s impact on Duluth’s taconite trade, the mixed blessing of fracking, and will President Obama deploy the “mother of all climate rules”? (Duluth News Tribune, Minneapolis Star Tribune, National Journal)

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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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