RENEWABLES: A preliminary study by GE Energy Consulting finds moving to 30 percent renewable power in the PJM Interconnection would cut emissions and costs, even accounting for new infrastructure. (EnergyWire)

SOLAR: The solar industry begins to rebound from a two-year shakeout; “the worst is probably behind us,” says one analyst. (Bloomberg)

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OIL: Lawmakers in North Dakota will pursue legislation to require regulators to report all oil spills to the public; and three years after the Kalamazoo River oil spill, promised upgrades to federal pipeline regulations have yet to materialize. (Bismarck Tribune, Bloomberg)

WIND: A Michigan wind farm will proceed after a judge rejects local ordinances that would have effectively blocked the project. (MLive)

COAL: The Department of Energy signs off on an environmental review for the FutureGen carbon-storage project in Illinois, pollution upgrades begin at a northern Minnesota power plant, and a Michigan utility seeks state permission to demolish three coal plants. (Springfield State Journal-Register, Duluth News Tribune, Muskegon Chronicle)

CLIMATE: A Nebraska lawmaker who opposes a state-funded climate study says it’s because he believes environmentalists “are seeking to destroy farming and ranching as we know it.” (Omaha World-Herald)

FRACKING: A poll finds southern Illinois residents are evenly divided on fracking. (Carbondale Southern)

FRAC SAND:Minnesota is not Wisconsin,” an industry representative assures hundreds of people at a public hearing concerned about frac sand mining reaching Twin Cities suburbs. (Minnesota Public Radio)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators will hear final arguments today on DTE Energy’s proposal to expand its Fermi reactor in Michigan. (Toledo Blade)

TRANSMISSION: A consumer group raises objections to a proposed new power line in Wisconsin. (Lodi Enterprise)

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EFFICIENCY: PACE programs in 31 states have so far issued $43 million in funding to new energy efficiency projects; meanwhile, a new report finds the “cash for clunkers” program failed to reduce carbon emissions. (Greentech Media, Politico)

GERMANY: At an event in Iowa, a German diplomat warns “there’s a bad side to every good story” about his country’s renewable energy transition. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

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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