SOLAR: The Minneapolis airport will soon be home to the state’s largest solar array, providing up to 20 percent of the facility’s electricity. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

ALSO: Ohio State researchers develop a solar cell that can store its own energy, NRG Energy aims to be a “one-stop shop” for solar customers, and a northwest Indiana installation will test solar panels under “not-so-ideal circumstances.” (Columbus Dispatch, EnergyWire, Times of Northwest Indiana)

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TRANSMISSION: A MISO review finds the benefits from “multivalue projects” are greater than anticipated. (SNL)

EFFICIENCY: A recent UN report recognizes St. Paul’s district energy system as a global leader, and Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls partners with the World Resources Institute to promote sustainable cities. (Midwest Energy News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

• Power plant operators worry about power outages as coal deliveries continue to be disrupted. (SNL)
• Neighbors pack a hearing on a proposed coal-waste facility in Illinois. (Springfield State Journal-Register)
• Falling coal markets attract smaller companies to the industry. (Bloomberg)
• Murray Energy’s CEO is still encouraging employees to donate to his preferred political candidates. (New Republic)
• Activists protest a North Dakota coal plant. (KXNews)

CLIMATE: Exelon executives hint at support for cap-and-trade and a carbon tax in testimony to state regulators. (Chicago Tribune)

• A new study says the shale industry could create 18,000 jobs in Ohio. (Dayton Business Journal)
• How the oil and gas boom has impacted other energy sectors. (Vox)
• Leaders in Chicago suburbs call for tougher oversight of oil trains. (Chicago Tribune)
Complicated federal regulations make it difficult for North Dakota oil producers to cut flaring. (Reuters)

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BIOENERGY: A Wisconsin health care provider moves a step closer to its energy independence goal with a new $14 million manure-to-energy system. (La Crosse Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Tea Party clean-energy advocate Debbie Dooley reflects on her visit to Wisconsin, and why Wisconsin businesses should support EPA carbon limits. (Midwest Energy News, 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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