MICHIGAN: Why some experts blame a 2008 regulatory exemption for the current energy crisis in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. (Midwest Energy News)

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WIND: MidAmerican announces a $280 million wind energy expansion in Iowa. (Des Moines Register)

OHIO: All but three members of Ohio’s energy law study committee voted to “freeze” the states renewable energy and efficiency standards. (Columbus Business First)

OIL AND GAS: A refinery in Washington state will no longer accept North Dakota oil shipped in older tank cars, rail delays disrupt business in Wisconsin, and a report finds $3.5 billion in oil and gas investment in Ohio over the past six months. (Bellingham Herald, Wisconsin State Journal, Columbus Business First)

WISCONSIN: The Racine City Council passes a resolution opposing We Energies’ proposed rate changes, warning of “significant environmental and economic damage” by discouraging renewable energy. (Racine Journal Times)

SOLAR: A newspaper’s investigation finds a now-defunct solar firm misallocated state funds, and an Indiana cooperative launches a community solar project. (Toledo Blade, Crawfordsville Journal Review)

TRANSPORTATION: A Michigan EPA lab helps develop the fuel-efficient cars of the future. (ClimateWire)

EFFICIENCY: An Illinois weatherization program is falling short of its goals, and a Michigan brewery tries to further decrease its energy impact. (Better Government Association, MLive)

GRID: The shift to digital meters means big business for an Ohio company. (Columbus Dispatch)

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CLIMATE: Iowa scientists warn climate changes impacts are already being felt in the state. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY: A former Green Bay Packer says solar should be given a chance to compete, and the state’s largest newspaper says Wisconsin utilities are asking for too much at the wrong time. (Green Bay Press Gazette, 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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