PIPELINES: Advocates say a push for more pipeline secrecy in Michigan could make the public less safe. (Midwest Energy News)

• An Ohio bill would allow counties to bypass restrictive state setback rules for wind farms. (DHI Media)
• A proposed wind project would help power an Iowa ethanol plant. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

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• Seven years after being enacted by voters, solar rebates may finally be coming to customers of a Missouri utility. (Midwest Energy News)
• Toledo’s transit authority awards a contract to install a solar array at its main bus garage. (Toledo Blade)
• Minnesota lawmakers debate whether to continue solar incentives. (MinnPost)
• A Minnesota town considers a 40-acre community solar project. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Indiana co-ops may add 10 MW of solar over the next two years. (Electric Co-op Today)

GRID: Electric co-ops are taking a greater interest in energy storage. (Electric Co-op Today)

• Advocates say a new Indiana law leaving efficiency programs up to utilities may not save consumers money. (Associated Press)
• In Michigan, PACE financing is “too good to be true, but it is true.” (MiBiz)
• The Rockford, Illinois housing agency plans more than $7 million in efficiency upgrades, including solar panels, at 9 of its 11 developments. (Rockford Register Star)

NATURAL GAS: A new natural gas pipeline at Ohio University will help it cut coal from its energy mix. (Athens News)

• A Kansas manufacturer delays a proposed facility to upgrade tanker cars. (Hutchinson News)
• The oil industry seeks to change its culture and attract more women to its workforce. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Low oil prices also mean cheaper asphalt as North Dakota upgrades its roads. (Bismarck Tribune)

NUCLEAR: The Davis-Besse plant in Ohio is offline after a steam leak was discovered Saturday. (Toledo Blade)

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ETHANOL: Stronger earnings are expected for the ethanol industry as fuel demand increases. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Why the benefits of the Clean Power Plan will outweigh the costs. (The Equation)

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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