SOLAR: In Michigan, community solar is one of the few areas where utilities and advocates are finding common ground. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: In the past year, U.S. utilities have announced plans to develop 3 GW of centralized solar. (Greentech Media)

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OHIO: The Sierra Club calls a proposed FirstEnergy rate plan a “bailout” for “old, obsolete coal plants.” (Akron Beacon Journal)

OIL: A DOT study finds railroads are inadequately insured for crude-oil disasters, an oil industry report says Bakken crude is safe to transport, and Minnesota regulators will decide tomorrow whether to consider alternate routes for a proposed pipeline. (Politico, Forum News Service, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

FRACKING: An Ohio business owner is sentenced to federal prison for illegally dumping drilling wastewater, and fracking stocks provide strong returns for investors. (Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Why residential PACE programs may be poised for a resurgence. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES: Ameren reports its earnings increased 57 percent in the second quarter of this year. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

COAL: A Missouri school board considers passing a resolution against coal, which would make it the first elected body in the state to do so. (Call Newspapers)

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NUCLEAR: A new study shows nuclear plants are generating a declining share of the world’s electricity. (MinnPost)

COMMENTARY: Why hydrogen cars can’t compete with electric. (Climate Progress)

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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