CLIMATE: President Obama will announce new climate initiatives today at a UN summit today. (CNN)

• Scientists warn that by 2030, global CO2 will reach a level ensuring a 2 degree temperature rise. (ClimateWire)
• Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says climate change will have broad economic impacts. (The Hill)
• Google drops support for ALEC over the organization’s climate change politics. (The Hill)
• Ikea, Mars and other major corporations pledge to run on 100 percent renewable power by the end of the decade. (International Business Times)
• An international climate summit will be held in Minneapolis in 2015. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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EFFICIENCY: A unique Minnesota data project gives cities a more detailed picture of their energy use, USDA grants will help rural businesses cut energy use, and green building catches on in Detroit. (Midwest Energy News, Des Moines Register, Model D Media)

ENERGY STORAGE: Three battery storage projects near Chicago with a combined capacity of 60 MW — the largest project of its kind in North America — are expected to go online this spring. (Chicago Tribune)

COAL: Murray Energy’s CEO blames “the insane, regal administration of King Obama” for coal industry struggles, and We Energies plans to spend $62 million expanding coal storage capacity at a power plant near Milwaukee. (Columbus Dispatch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

SOLAR: Local officials approve a 10 MW solar project near Sioux Falls, and Des Moines plans to cut red tape for solar installers. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Des Moines Register)

OIL AND GAS: The GAO says oil and gas production is outpacing infrastructure and regulation, and legal experts say North Dakota’s constitution prevents that state’s residents from getting Alaska-style dividend checks for oil production. (Columbus Business First, Forum News Service)

WIND: Developers of a proposed Missouri wind farm will look for another location to avoid conflicts with nearby wildlife areas. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

GRID: American Electric Power defends its $31/month fee for customers who refuse smart meters. (Columbus Business First)

DIVESTMENT: The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, build on the Standard Oil empire, will divest from fossil fuels; and National Journal looks at the broader impact of divestment strategies. (New York Times, National Journal)

PROPANE: Michigan’s attorney general sues a propane dealer over alleged price-gouging. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Why local policymakers need to pay attention to global climate protests. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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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