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SURVEY SAYS: A new poll finds that despite a massive shift in the country’s energy economy, most Americans are disengaged from the debate. (Politico)

ELECTRIC CARS: A study finds electric cars are less disruptive to the grid than previously anticipated. (ClimateWire)

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COAL: We Energies considers selling an Upper Peninsula coal plant, an Illinois coal mine will shut down, and Ohio-based Murray Energy will buy five mines in West Virginia. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Associated Press, Reuters)

ALSO: Opponents of an Indiana coal gasification plant seek release of documents related to construction cost overruns. (SNL)

PIPELINES: Enbridge files for permission to build a new pipeline across northern Minnesota, pipeline incidents in Canada have doubled over the past decade, and FERC testifies against a bill co-sponsored by Michigan Rep. Fred Upton that would speed up permitting for trans-border pipelines. (Minnesota Public Radio, CBC News, The Hill)

FRACKING: A new report says shale-related investment tops $12 billion in Ohio as Gov. John Kasich tours new natural gas processing facilities, an analysis finds 15 million Americans live within a mile of an oil or gas well, and fracking opponents in an Ohio town will try again to get a drilling ban on the ballot. (Columbus Business First, Columbus Dispatch, Wall Street Journal, Athens Messenger)

EPA: Republican lawmakers draft a plan to scale back EPA carbon rules, while a new poll finds a large majority of voters in swing states support climate regulations. (The Hill)

SOLAR: Work begins on a 2 MW solar array at the Toledo Zoo, and a Sandusky law firm takes advantage of a roof repair job to install solar panels. (Toledo Blade)

WIND: Nebraska lawmakers are again looking at policies to make their state more attractive to wind energy developers. (Associated Press)

ETHANOL: Corn growers and independent gas stations team up to promote E15 in Minnesota. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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TRANSPORTATION: A Michigan retailer says it has one of the cleanest diesel fleets in North America, cutting its carbon emissions by 60 percent. (CBS Detroit)

COMMENTARY: Why petroleum coke deserves more attention, and “wind turbine syndrome” is very likely all in your head. (Crain’s Detroit Business, Popular Science)

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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