FRACKING: The Illinois Senate approves a bill establishing new regulations for fracking, Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the measure soon. (Chicago Tribune)

WIND: A Minnesota project hopes to become the first in the U.S. to pair wind energy with hydrogen production in an economically viable way. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: An update on proposed offshore wind projects throughout the U.S. (Greentech Media)

TRANSMISSION: Developers of the Rock Island Clean Line reach an agreement the say will minimize impacts on landowners. (Quad-City Times)

ETHANOL: Ethanol refiners say they’re hurting from soaring rates from a Minnesota power company following its investment in a new coal plant that currently sits idle. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

OIL: TransCanada’s CEO says Keystone XL will be good for the environment, opponents of the project propose building wind and solar installations in the pipeline’s path, and increased shipments of crude oil by rail raise safety concerns. (Bloomberg, UPI, EnergyWire)

TECHNOLOGY: Elon Musk shares his grand vision for mass transit. (Electric Vehicle News)

TRANSPORTATION: A comparison of lease deals for electric cars as manufacturers race to cut prices. (Los Angeles Times)

CLIMATE: A consulting firm releases a new chart tracking the sources of greenhouse gases. (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY: Should the government have made more money off of Tesla? (Washington Post)

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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