BIOFUELS: The future of a proposed cellulosic biofuel plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula looks bleak after a key partner pulls out. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: A controversial Indiana coal-to-gas plant shut down after six days of operation, and ratepayers could wind up paying for the repairs. (Indianapolis Star)

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WIND: Business is booming for a Wisconsin wind tower manufacturer, and the Nebraska Supreme Court rules in favor of a wind farm in a dispute over taxes. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Associated Press)

FRAC SAND: Wisconsin officials are seeing a growing number of environmental violations as the sand mining industry grows. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

FRACKING: The Michigan Chamber of Commerce launches a pro-fracking campaign aimed at voters. (

OIL: Why earnings are down for big oil companies, despite a drilling boom. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC CARS: GM cuts the price of the Chevy Volt by $5,000; and while the electric car market is still developing, hybrids have become mainstream. (Electric Vehicle News, New York Times)

NUCLEAR: A Minnesota nuclear plant is operating again after being offline for four months for upgrades. (Minnesota Public Radio)

TRANSMISSION: How the Midwest’s grid operator is using synchrophasors to improve reliability. (Transmission & Distribution World)

SOLAR: Solar power catches on in Iowa. (Sioux City Journal)

EFFICIENCY: A Michigan town considers a special assessment to pay for an upgrade to LED streetlights. (

COMMENTARY: Wind power’s impact on wildlife is overstated. (Navigant Research)

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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