CLIMATE: Climate scientists and public health advocates are “cautiously optimistic” as U.S. carbon emissions hit a 20-year low, driven primarily by a shift away from coal to natural gas. (Assocated Press)

EPA: A report by the Government Accountability Office finds four major EPA rules will pose “challenges” to the grid but “should not affect reliability given existing tools.” (The Hill)

COAL: Doctors and scientists say giving Ameren an extension to clean up Illinois power plants will pose a significant cost in terms of human health. (Midwest Energy News)

FRACKING: A coalition of environmental groups says Ohio laws governing wastewater injection are far too weak. (Columbus Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: The Omaha Public Power District plans to turn over operation of its troubled Ft. Calhoun nuclear plant to Exelon, a private company; and the Prairie Island Indian community in Minnesota says the shutdown of a nearby nuclear plant is an “ominous reminder” that the plant “relies on aging technology.” (Omaha World-Herald, Rochester Post-Bulletin) 

ETHANOL: Ethanol producers continue cutting back production and idling plants as corn prices hit record highs. (Des Moines Register)

OHIO: An audit finds FirstEnergy has spent millions more than it should have on renewable energy credits, and passed the costs along to customers. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

S.S. BADGER: Michigan Sen. Carl Levin says he wants to see the S.S. Badger ferry continue operating, but dumping coal ash into Lake Michigan is “not a permanent solution.”  (Muskegon Chronicle)

TRANSPORTATION: Gas station operators see a broader range of fueling options in the future, and installing electric car charging stations on military bases isn’t as easy as one might think. (ClimateWire, Stars and Stripes) 

COMMENTARY: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says a recent NRC moratorium on permitting will put the issue of waste “where it belongs, front and center in the debate over the future of nuclear power”; and the Washington Post says the Obama and Romney campaigns are “pandering” to energy interests.

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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