UTILITIES: At a meeting in Milwaukee, Midwest utility regulators discuss a recent wave of utility requests for increased fixed charges, with Wisconsin at the forefront. (EnergyWire)

POLICY: Researchers at Michigan State University say an environmental mindset among lawmakers can be a “potentially powerful mediating factor” in curbing carbon emissions.(Midwest Energy News)

***SPONSORED LINK: Learn about the latest in renewable energy and sustainability in Central Wisconsin at The Energy Fair, June 19-21. Features include keynote speaker Jon Wellinghoff, workshops, exhibitors, entertainment, and more.***

CLIMATE Q&As:
• Dr. Ben Santer, who will be speaking at a free event in St. Paul tonight. (Midwest Energy News)
• Anna Jane Joyner, who has helped rally evangelical Christians to support climate action. (Rolling Stone)

FRAC SAND: Neighbors of Wisconsin frac sand mines are concerned about whether their health is being adequately protected. (EnergyWire)

WIND: For the first time in several years, Minnesota regulators have no wind projects under consideration. (Minnesota Watchdog)

COAL: Strip mining has begun at three Ohio sites, but two more will not open. (Platts)

SOLAR:
• As part of a training exercise, the South Dakota Air National Guard and soldiers from Denmark are installing solar panels on the Pine Ridge Reservation. (Associated Press)
• An Iowa company installs solar panels on its corporate headquarters near Iowa City. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

ETHANOL:
• Iowa’s congressional delegation calls for a hearing in the state on EPA ethanol targets. (Des Moines Register)
• Nebraska’s governor says a Danish company is reconsidering its expansion in the state following the recent EPA blending decision. (Omaha World-Herald)

BIOMASS: Industry groups launch a campaign to “correct the record” about recent media coverage. (ClimateWire)

CLEAN ECONOMY: The White House says an initiative to attract clean energy investment has exceeded expectations, with $4 billion pledged from investment firms, foundations, universities and other private institutions. (The Hill)

TRANSPORTATION: Honda will discontinue the natural gas and hybrid versions of the Civic. (Associated Press)

MINNESOTA: Recently signed legislation includes provisions related to net metering and other energy issues. (Renewable+Law)

***SPONSORED LINK: The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association presents its annual Michigan Renewable Energy Fair June 26-27. Features include an electric vehicle showcase, workshops, renewable energy demonstrations, kids’ activities, and much more! ***

WASTE TO ENERGY: A proposed Ohio facility will convert used tires into energy and other products. (WOWK)

COMMENTARY:
• An opportunity for cleaner energy in Michigan is also an opportunity for cleaner water. (MLive)
• How politics are impacting the regulatory process in Wisconsin. (Midwest Energy News)

Ken Paulman

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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