KEYSTONE XL: A new study says the State Department may have underestimated the carbon impact of the Keystone XL pipeline by a factor of four. (Los Angeles Times)

BIOENERGY: Despite a utility’s plan to buy electricity from four biodigesters, Michigan still lags behind other Midwest states in development of the technology. (Midwest Energy News)

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PETCOKE: Chicago issues a cease-and-desist order to a company for storing petroleum coke without proper permits. (Times of Northwest Indiana)

OHIO: Utilities in Ohio push back against deregulation. (Columbus Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: Proposed EPA carbon restrictions are so far not generating much new interest in nuclear power among utilities. (Greenwire)

NATURAL GAS: Why residents of a Chicago suburb are attacking their city officials over a proposed power plant. (Chicago Tribune)

OIL: North Dakota may require producers to treat crude oil to make it less volatile before shipping by rail, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel raises concerns about oil trains in the city. (Wall Street Journal, Associated Press)

FRACKING: A judge overturns a Colorado town’s voter-approved fracking ban. (The Coloradoan)

TRANSMISSION: A ruling by federal regulators could reduce the profit Wisconsin utilities receive from their stakes in American Transmission Co. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

SOLAR: The Sierra Club criticizes a Missouri utility’s plan to increase costs for solar customers, and a Nebraska utility’s crowd-funded solar project has so far only raised $573. (Springfield News-Leader, Lincoln Journal Star)

TRANSPORTATION: Researchers say more flights will cancel out efficiency gains made in air transportation. (Climate Central)

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UTILITIES: Utilities in states where marijuana has been legalized deal with high energy demand from the budding industry. (Energywire)

COMMENTARY: What we can learn from Germany’s solar experience. (Greentech Media)

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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