COAL: A plan to switch a Wisconsin power plant to run on western coal has a utility at odds with consumer advocates concerned about the cost. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

POLITICS: The fight over Kansas’ renewable energy standard is about ideology, not energy policy. (Lawrence Journal-World)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: How a Minnesota state agency is helping companies make smart decisions about providing electric vehicle charging for workers. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES: A dispute in Wisconsin is an example of how local governments are pushing back against pipeline projects. (InsideClimate News)

• An oil industry group sues to block new rail safety rules. (New York Times)
• BNSF Railway says fewer oil trains are passing through Nebraska. (Omaha World-Herald)

FRACKING: A waterless fracking well being tested in Ohio produced only about half as much oil as a well using more common techniques. (Columbus Business First)

• An Illinois school district completes its solar project, one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. (Peoria Journal Star)
• Officials in an Iowa county discuss incorporating future solar capability into a proposed roof repair. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

ETHANOL: More than 1,300 stations could offer E15 within the next five years if current trends continue. (Reuters)

COAL: Patriot Coal files for bankruptcy for the second time in three years. (Associated Press)

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CLIMATE: A poll finds few people who opposed the Keystone XL pipeline did so out of concern for the climate. (Washington Post)

• Clean energy should be a bipartisan issue in Michigan. (MLive)
• Why a ruling against demand response would harm ratepayers. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

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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