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OIL: An analysis by the Associated Press finds that 750 “oil field incidents,” including 300 pipeline spills, have occurred in North Dakota in less than two years without public notification.

ALSO: New technology will help reduce natural gas flaring in the Bakken, and the Canadian government won’t require in-situ oil sands processing to undergo federal environmental review. (Bismarck Tribune, Canadian Press)

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SOLAR: As Minnesota develops a formula for determining the value of solar, observers praise the state’s process for its openness and transparency; the architect of the policy explains further in a Q&A with Midwest Energy News.

NUCLEAR: Nuclear waste sits at power plants, with Illinois holding the largest share, as debate on a permanent storage site remains stalled; and controversy continues to build over a proposed Canadian waste site on Lake Huron. (Bloomberg, Detroit Free Press)

FRACKING: A geology expert says an Ohio town’s proposed fracking ban is largely symbolic because the area isn’t suitable for drilling anyway. (Toledo Blade)

FRAC SAND: After facing intense opposition in a public hearing last week, the author of Wisconsin legislation to weaken local authority over frac sand mining says the bill needs more work and likely won’t come up for a vote this year. (Associated Press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

WIND: Developers of a Minnesota wind farm withdraw the project after they’re unable to get enough landowners to sign on. (Rochester Post-Bulletin)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A Wisconsin tribe opens a 2 MW biodigester that will produce electricity from food waste. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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UTILITIES: How new regulatory models could help utilities thrive. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY: Grid-scale energy storage is coming, and probably sooner than you think. (SmartPlanet)

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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