OIL: Enbridge is delaying a proposed pipeline to carry North Dakota oil to Wisconsin by at least a year because of permitting issues in Minnesota. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Industry officials say it will take 7 years to upgrade rail cars, and a conference will explore how South Dakota can take part in the Bakken oil boom. (Associated Press)

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FRACKING: Exxon issues a report to investors acknowledging the environmental risks of fracking, but says the process is safer than other methods of energy production. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: The EPA says U.S. carbon emissions increased last year. (The Hill)

TRANSPORTATION: How college-level competitions are training Michigan’s next generation of clean-car engineers. (Midwest Energy News)

NUCLEAR: The Energy Department announces $12.6 billion in funding for nuclear energy projects. (The Hill)

ENERGY LOANS: After Solyndra’s failure was turned into a political controversy, companies remain reluctant to take advantage of federal loan guarantees. (Wall Street Journal)

TECHNOLOGY: A Michigan company develops a more efficient steam turbine. (MLive)

SOLAR: A proposed solar project at a Grand Rapids landfill site would help power the city’s sewage plant. (MLive)

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BIOENERGY: Why agricultural waste is an underutilized energy resource. (Slate)

COMMENTARY: Four things you should know about energy storage, and why the natural gas boom could speed up climate change. (Forbes, FiveThirtyEight)

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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