FRAC SAND: A sand mine near a popular Illinois state park will proceed, and the mining industry lures county and local regulators in Wisconsin with high-paying jobs. (Midwest Energy News, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

MICHIGAN: Utility-backed opponents of Proposal 3, which would establish a constitutional amendment expanding Michigan’s renewable energy standard, outspend backers of the measure by nearly 2-to-1. (

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POLITICS: Climate skeptics, seeing growing support for a carbon tax among conservatives, vow to make the issue “toxic” for Republican politicians. (ClimateWire)

WIND: Iowa’s wind industry braces for production tax credit fallout, and more allegations are raised in an ownership fight over a Minnesota wind farm. (IowaWatch, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

OIL: A North Dakota archaeological site is targeted for drilling, and there’s very little the state can do about it; and advocates want $10 million in the state’s oil revenue set aside for clean energy. (Fargo Forum, Dickinson Press)

ALSO: The race for a seat on North Dakota’s Public Service Commission turns into one of the state’s most heated campaigns. (Fargo Forum)

SOLAR: DTE Energy is installing 1,800 solar panels on a University of Michigan building, and an Ohio solar firm misses its state loan payment. (, Toledo Blade)

GREEN ECONOMY: An audit finds a federal green jobs program is falling far short of its placement goals. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY: Is “Frankenstorm” a climate-change monster? And solar is ready for prime-time, but the United States is not. (NPR, Bloomberg)

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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