IOWA: A former regulator says she was removed by Gov. Terry Branstad “to appease MidAmerican Energy.” (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: Andrew Revkin discussed the state of climate politics in a visit to Michigan this week. (Midwest Energy News)

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SOLAR: President Obama today will announce a Department of Energy initiative to train 75,000 new solar workers. (Washington Post) 

ALSO: The DOE’s “Solar Community” program has added 1.4 MW to the grid in its first six months. (FierceEnergy)

• Could a Midwest cap-and-trade plan be revived? (RTO Insider)
• Critics say an Ohio utility is exaggerating claims about EPA carbon rules. (Columbus Business First) 

• An analysis finds only three states have publicly accessible databases for drilling violations. (Mother Jones)
• The Department of Transportation expects to release new rail safety rules next month. (Reuters)
• North Dakota orders five companies to restrict operations because of flaring violations. (Bismarck Tribune)

• A Wisconsin study finds biofuel production is displacing millions of acres of grasslands. (Monga Bay)
• The manager of a biodiesel refinery confronts Sen. Ted Cruz about oil industry subsidies at an Iowa event. (Des Moines Register)

WIND: A Texas company eyes possible Indiana locations for a wind farm. (Richmond Palladium-Item)

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MINNESOTA: Advocates at a rural Minnesota event call for increasing the state’s renewable energy standard. (Worthington Daily Globe)

COMMENTARY: The five psychological barriers to climate action. (BoingBoing)

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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