FRACKING: Before a single permit is issued, low oil prices bring drilling speculation to a halt in Illinois. (Chicago Tribune)

WIND: Landowners in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula file a lawsuit over a wind project, and officials in an Illinois county reject a $400 million wind farm. (Midwest Energy News, Bloomington Pantagraph)

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EFFICIENCY: A Missouri utility is scaling back its once-ambitious efficiency plans. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR: The next big solar fight will be in Indiana, and uncertainty over tax credits could slow future solar development. (Utility Dive, New York Times)

COAL: Illinois may streamline the permitting process for new mines, a small fire is reported at a Wisconsin power plant, and North Dakota’s carbon target is “rejected with one arm and embraced with the other.” (Carbondale Southern Illinoisan, WISN, Bismarck Tribune)

NUCLEAR: A Toledo hearing over a utility plan to guarantee income from power plants centers on the nearby Davis-Besse nuclear plant, and the permit process for a Michigan plant expansion enters its final phase. (Toledo Blade)

CLIMATE: A new study predicts major economic impacts in the Midwest from climate change, and the Heartland Institute uses a Chinese journal to push climate misinformation. (MinnPost, ClimateWire)

OIL: A pipeline that leaked 40,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River is exposed on the riverbed, Enbridge may offer spill insurance in a Wisconsin county, and nearly 400 people pack a Sioux Falls hearing on a proposed pipeline. (Associated Press, Wisconsin State Journal, Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

GRID: Former FERC chair Jon Wellinghoff says the agency will win “hands down” if a demand response challenge is taken up by the Supreme Court. (Greentech Media)

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HYDRO: Three companies seek to generate power on the Mississippi River near downtown Minneapolis. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY: How FirstEnergy gets its way on Ohio energy policy, and why you should pay attention to Indiana’s solar debate. (Crain’s Cleveland Business, Indianapolis Star)

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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