BAKKEN: A new study says oil drillers in North Dakota are flaring off $100 million worth of natural gas per month. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: Concerns from opponents prompt Chicago aldermen to delay a vote on an ordinance that would require buildings to disclose their energy use. (Midwest Energy News)

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FRACKING: A federal agency plans to open an Ohio state forest to drilling, and more than 200 opponents and supporters of fracking square off at a demonstration in Warren, Ohio. (Columbus Dispatch, Youngstown Vindicator)

CLIMATE: A new study says energy efficiency, not natural gas, is the primary force behind a decline in U.S. carbon emissions. (InsideClimate News)

KEYSTONE XL: Oil industry supporters in Congress criticize President Obama’s comments dismissing Keystone XL as a major job creator, the State Department concurs the pipeline’s job impact will be “negligible,” but the Washington Post’s fact-checker gives the president two Pinocchios for his statement. (The Hill, Washington Post)

POLITICS: Advancement of an energy efficiency bill in the Senate shows that incremental energy legislation may be the only way forward through a deadlocked Congress. (E&E Daily)

EPA: In an interview with the New York Times, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says “We don’t have a war on coal. We’re doing our business, which is to reduce pollution. We’re following the law.”

SMART GRID: A new report ranks Ohio and Illinois among the top ten states for smart grid advancement. (Greentech Media)

BIOFUELS: Work begins on a new cellulosic ethanol plant in northwest Iowa. (Sioux City Journal)

SOLAR: A new report seeks to develop a methodology for calculating the true value of solar power. (Greentech Media)

NATURAL GAS: Consumers Energy is hiring 300 workers in Michigan to help upgrade natural gas lines. (CBS Detroit)

COMMENTARY: Why it’s OK to talk about climate change again, and is natural gas a “bridge fuel” or a “gangplank to more warming“? (National Journal, New York Times)


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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