TRANSMISSION: In a recent ruling on Minnesota’s Buy the Farm law, “perception is greater than reality” on the impact of transmission lines to agricultural operations. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES: Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources says state regulators should “strongly consider” alternative routes for a proposed oil pipeline, and Keystone XL weighs heavily in Nebraska’s gubernatorial race. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Omaha World-Herald)

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SOLAR: A Colorado solar company sets up shop in Minnesota, amid growing interest in community solar in the state. (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Rochester Post-Bulletin)

COAL: At a gathering in Wyoming, coal industry executives discuss their future, and abandoned coal mines cause a highway to sag in Ohio. (Wyoming Business Report, Columbus Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: The Kalamazoo Gazette examines the safety record of the Palisades nuclear plant in Michigan.

ELECTRIC CARS: Tesla and GM race to produce the first mass-market electric vehicle. (Quartz)

NATURAL GAS: Ameren Illinois launches a $400 million natural gas system upgrade. (Springfield State Journal-Register)

UTILITIES: Residential customers of We Energies could see rates go up 5 percent under a proposed plan. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

PROPANE: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker urges residents to being filing now for propane assistance. (Associated Press)

GRID: FERC’s new chair discusses the challenges facing energy markets. (EnergyWire)

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GEOTHERMAL: Along with wind and solar, geothermal energy is a growing part of the energy mix. (Forbes)

COMMENTARY: FirstEnergy needs to disclose its efficiency data, and why Bill Gates is wrong about clean energy. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Greentech Media)

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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