PETCOKE: Michigan regulators deny a permit to store petroleum coke on the River Rouge near Detroit. (Detroit News)

EFFICIENCY: A federal loan program to promote vehicle fuel efficiency trickles down from the big automakers to the supply chain. (Midwest Energy News)

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OHIO: TV ads prelude a House vote on a bill to freeze Ohio’s renewable energy and efficiency standards, which could come as early as today; and religious groups rally against the bill. (Columbus Dispatch)

GRID: Duke Energy is seeking nearly $10 million in compensation from the PJM Interconnection, which it says ordered it to activate generating facilities that weren’t needed. (EnergyWire)

EPA: Environmental groups threaten to sue the EPA over a new cooling water rule, calling it “largely worthless.” (Bloomberg Businessweek)

FRACKING: A federal worker safety agency will investigate drilling practices following four oilfield deaths from chemical exposure. (Bloomberg)

OIL: Minnesota’s governor signs a bill requiring railroad and pipeline companies to help fund emergency response training, and a North Dakota refinery is $50 million over budget but still expected to begin operations in December. (Associated Press, Forum News Service)

TRANSMISSION: South Dakota landowners raise concerns over a proposed transmission project. (Aberdeen News)

CLIMATE: A forum at Northwestern University discusses the challenges of storing carbon. (Medill Reports)

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SOLAR: How cutting “soft costs” can drive down the price of solar power. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY: Ohio will “advertise its regression to employers and investors across the country and around the world” if legislators pass a bill freezing the state’s renewable and efficiency standards. (Toledo Blade)

advertise its regression to employers and investors across the country and around the world
advertise its regression to employers and investors across the country and around the world

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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