MICHIGAN: As stakeholders gather today in Marquette to discuss the Upper Peninsula’s energy future, the extent to which renewable energy — particularly biomass — plays a role will be a central topic. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: Midwest Energy News will be in Marquette today to cover the Upper Peninsula Energy Summit, check for updates tomorrow.

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• North Dakota plans to release new crude oil safety standards next month. (Reuters)
• Falling oil prices slow oil sands development. (Bloomberg)
• South Dakota’s decision on Keystone XL will be more contentious this time around. (Associated Press)
• Enbridge files to replace a problematic Minnesota pipeline. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A North Dakota ballot measure would put 5 percent of oil tax revenues into a conservation fund. (Los Angeles Times)
• North Dakota’s natural gas industry begins taking shape. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Tribal officials will investigate reports of a burial ground in the path of a Michigan natural gas pipeline. (MLive)

UTILITIES: A Minnesota co-op is ordered to pay more than $6 million in damages in a stray voltage case, and why American Electric Power’s CEO is expecting “a fascinating 2015.” (Brainerd Dispatch, Columbus Business First)

NUCLEAR: A Minnesota tribe appeals a federal rule allowing on-site nuclear waste storage, and an Ohio nuclear plant is back online after an emergency shutdown a week ago. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer)

SOLAR: Two developers compete to fill Xcel’s share of Minnesota’s solar standard. (Recharge News)

POLITICS: Climate activist Tom Steyer’s political group targets Senate races in Michigan and Iowa, and why wind energy could upend the Kansas governor’s race. (The Hill, ThinkProgress)

COMMENTARY: Black lawmakers push back against utility solar arguments. (Grist)

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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