CORRECTION: An item in yesterday’s digest misattributed a two-part series on solar power to the Toledo Blade. The report is being published by the weekly Toledo Free Press.

COAL: The Prairie State Energy Campus in Illinois is pursuing a 720-acre coal ash landfill near the power plant, reversing a 2005 pledge to local officials that the ash would be stored elsewhere. (Midwest Energy News)

TRANSMISSION: Federal regulators side with Xcel Energy and rule that American Transmission Co. is not the sole owner of a segment of the CapX2020 transmission project in Wisconsin. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

CLIMATE: A new study finds the number of hot, humid summer days is increasing in Midwest cities, with the trend expected to worsen over time. (Reuters)

ALSO: The League of Conservation Voters has launched a $1.5 million campaign aiming to unseat five members of Congress who dispute climate science, including a Michigan Republican; Brad Plumer lays out six things we know about climate change and droughts; and seven additional countries join a U.S.-led effort to cut soot and other emissions. (Washington Post, Reuters)

WIND: A two-year delay in a wind project is costing an Illinois county $1.5 million a year in tax revenue, money is was banking on to help cover costs of a high-profile murder trial. (Springfield State Journal-Register)

TRANSPORTATION: Ford’s C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid will be priced at $29,995 after tax credits, giving it a lower price and longer range than the plug-in version of the Toyota Prius. (Gas 2.0)

OIL: Oil companies throw a series of “cookfest” parties in North Dakota to improve relations with communities heavily impacted by drilling operations. (Fargo Forum)

SOLAR: UCLA researchers develop a transparent film that can be affixed to windows to generate electricity. (Bloomberg)

BIOFUELS: Goodyear is experimenting with tires made from soybean oil, which it says could last 10 percent longer than conventional tires made from petroleum. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: FERC’s chairman tells state regulators that low natural gas prices do not mean it is “time to bail” on renewable energy, and a conference in Minnesota touts the state’s ongoing clean energy potential. (Platts, Bemidji Pioneer)

COMMENTARY: Jon Tevlin says Minnesota needs to impose a moratorium on frac sand mining and study its impact “before it’s too late”; and Geoffrey Styles says while ethanol has minimal impact on gasoline prices, its impact on food prices should prompt a temporary suspension of biofuel mandates. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Energy Collective)

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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