CLIMATE: A new poll finds a majority of Americans, including nearly half of Republicans, support government action to curb climate change. (New York Times)

ALSO: Minnesota Public Radio launches a weeklong series on the impacts of climate change in the state.

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SOLAR:
• Bills in the Missouri legislature seek to prevent battles with homeowners associations over solar installations. (Midwest Energy News)
• A Minnesota project to cut “soft costs” receives federal funding. (Brainerd Dispatch)
• Ann Arbor’s solar array would receive $40,000-$80,000 per year from a planned solar array (MLive)
• Neighbors of an Ohio college’s biological reserve object to plans for a solar project there. (Columbus Dispatch)

INVESTING: A survey finds Chicago investors are more favorable to clean energy than their counterparts in other cities. (Midwest Energy News)

NUCLEAR: Exelon says “something like cap-and-trade would certainly help us” as the company seeks legislative help for its nuclear plants. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Minnesota utility plans to offer off-peak rates for electric vehicle charging, and the University of Minnesota installs a high-speed EV charger. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: A Michigan utility seeks to cut incentives for LED streetlights, upsetting local government leaders. (MLive)

ETHANOL: Midwest refineries are now using a corn hybrid engineered specifically for biofuel production. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

OIL: Low prices trigger a tax break for North Dakota producers, and workers strike at nine U.S. refineries and chemical plants. (Associated Press, Reuters)

POLICY: As West Virginia repeals its renewable energy standard, conservative groups seek to do the same in other states. (Associated Press)

TECHNOLOGY: MIT researchers say they’ve found a cheaper way to remove CO2 from smokestack exhaust. (Boston Globe)

COMMENTARY: Why the nuclear “renaissance” may be “more about salvaging economically dicey nuclear reactors than building new ones.” (Ensia)

Ken Paulman

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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