POLICY: Why not much has changed in Missouri five years after voters approved a renewable energy standard. (Midwest Energy News)

UTILITIES: A new report says distributed generation poses the “most significant threat” to utilities, and a former Duke CEO says utilities will be a “blank sheet of paper” as most generation is replaced by midcentury. (Forbes, Greentech Media)

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PROPANE: Federal regulators are taking emergency measures to move more propane into the Midwest. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

OIL: Congress will hold hearings on rail safety, and Minnesota says BP fraudulently collected more than $25 million from a state fund to clean up underground petroleum tanks. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COAL: An Illinois town considers raising sales taxes amid rising electricity costs from its contract with the Prairie State Energy Campus, and Wisconsin ratepayers will be refunded as much as $18 million for power exported to other states from the Oak Creek power plant. (Chicago Daily Herald, Milwaukee Business Journal)

BIOFUELS: Why the oil industry may be winning its fight against the Renewable Fuel Standard. (InsideClimate News)

WIND: Stakeholders in a massive South Dakota community-owned wind farm — potentially as large as 1,000 MW — being the research phase of the project. (Watertown Public Opinion)

SOLAR: A Missouri town could become home to a nearly 8 MW solar farm, which would be the state’s largest. (Springfield News-Leader)

GRID: Drawing lessons from Germany, a new report offers a blueprint for large-scale renewable energy adoption in the U.S. (ClimateWire)

TRANSPORTATION: In a formal protest after being passed over for a $1.3 billion high-speed rail contract, Caterpillar says locomotives produced by a rival company won’t be able to hit the required 125 mph. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

TESLA: At the behest of the state’s auto dealers, Ohio lawmakers will try again to block Tesla’s retail model. (Columbus Dispatch)

TRANSMISSION: Opponents of a Wisconsin transmission line say they’re not giving up despite state regulators disregarding their request to reopen the project’s docket. (LaCrosse Tribune)

GREEN ECONOMY: Inspired by a similar project in Chicago, developers propose an environmental business hub in Madison. (Madison Capital Times)

COMMENTARY: Why disruption may be good for utilities. (Christian Science Monitor)

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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