FRACKING: Operators of an Ohio wastewater injection well sue over billboards criticizing the project, in what advocates say is part of a broader pattern of industry quieting opponents in the state. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: Interest is growing in an oil-and-gas industry sponsored program for Ohio teachers. (Columbus Business First)

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SOLAR: Michigan researchers develop a transparent solar panel, and Milwaukee’s mayor is expected to announce an expansion of the city’s solar bulk-buy program today. (International Business Times, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

OIL: Owners of a Michigan business sue over losses from the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill, Chicago-area mayors say oil trains are causing traffic congestion and raising safety concerns, and United Airlines begins nonstop service from Williston, North Dakota to Houston. (Battle Creek Enquirer, CBS Chicago, Forum News Service)

NATURAL GAS: A California company says it can turn natural gas into gasoline for around $1 a gallon. (San Francisco Chronicle)

KEYSTONE XL: South Dakota groups opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline join forces. (Associated Press)

FRAC SAND: A Wisconsin county’s frac sand mining moratorium expires at the end of the month. (La Crosse Tribune)

POLITICS: A small SuperPAC takes aim at climate apathy in Congress, Tom Steyer backs ethanol, and an industry group’s poll finds broad support for biofuels in Iowa. (InsideClimate News, The Hill, Des Moines Register)

NUCLEAR: Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announces $67 million in funding for nuclear research and development. (Associated Press)

WIND: North Dakota regulators approve a 150 MW wind farm. (Bismarck Tribune)

UTILITIES: Missouri regulators reject an aluminum smelter’s request for a rate reduction. (St. Louis Business Journal)

***SPONSORED LINK: The Illinois Renewable Energy Association will host the 13th annual Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair on August 23 and 24 at the Ogle County Fairgrounds, Oregon, Illinois.***

TRANSPORTATION: Do bike-share systems help the climate? (Climate Central)

COMMENTARY: Why Americans and Australians see ownership of solar panels differently. (CleanTechnica)

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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