OIL: A pipeline rupture in rural North Dakota late last month spilled 20,000 barrels of oil before being discovered by a farmer. (Fargo Forum)

OHIO: The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association formally urges state legislators to oppose a bill that would weaken the state’s efficiency standard. (Columbus Dispatch)

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WIND: How a co-op in Sweden, once dismissed as a “sewing circle,” is breaking new ground for women in the wind industry. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: A Michigan wind farm moves forward with “98 percent cooperation” from landowners, and property owners in Illinois who demanded a noise study be conducted on a wind farm near their property now refuse to let the acoustician they recommended onto their property. (Huron Daily Tribune, Paxton Record)

COAL: Miners reach a settlement with Peabody Energy over retiree benefits. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

FRACKING: Ohio regulators look to experiences of other states as they draft rules for open-pit wastewater lagoons. (Columbus Dispatch)

FRAC SAND: A mining executive says Wisconsin is at the “global epicenter” of the frac sand industry. (Madison Capital Times)

CLIMATE: A study finds fossil fuel divestment campaigns are catching on. (Grist)

NUCLEAR: Former NRC Chair Gregory Jaczko says the U.S. nuclear industry “is going away.” (IEEE Spectrum)

BIOFUELS: Why a lowering of the biofuel mandate could open the door to lawsuits from the oil industry. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: A conversion to LED streetlights is paying off for a St. Paul suburb. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY: How we can power electric vehicles with energy saved in our homes, and a Nebraska farmer says wind energy can transform his state’s economy. (InsideEVs, Lincoln Journal-Star)

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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