OIL: The USGS says North Dakota’s oil reserves are twice as large as previously thought. (The Hill)

ALSO: Detroit residents ask why they received no evacuation order following an explosion and fire at a nearby refinery, when residents of a suburb farther away from the facility did. (Detroit News)

BIOMASS: A new report says the Midwest could significantly boost the amount of heat it gets from wood-based biomass. (Midwest Energy News)

FRACKING: Illinois Republicans push for action on fracking legislation, and drillers say Ohio is “a pretty friendly state to operate in.” (Associated Press, Columbus Dispatch)

COAL: Developers of a proposed Indiana coal-to-gas plant suspend all work on the project, and North Dakota’s coal industry credits pollution controls at power plants for the state’s high ranking on air quality. (Evansville Courier & Press, Bismarck Tribune)

CLIMATE: An EIA report finds current renewable energy policies are not enough to significantly reduce CO2 emissions, and federal budget cuts hit regional climate research centers. (Washington Post, InsideClimate News)

WIND: A Minnesota wind farm plans to become the first in the country to use off-peak energy to produce hydrogen. (West Central Tribune)

FRAC SAND: Minnesota lawmakers reject a measure that would have prohibited frac sand operations within a mile of trout streams. (Minnesota Public Radio)

BIOFUELS: An Indiana court rejects a state plan to relax pollution rules for ethanol refineries, and a biofuel pioneer leaves the business to focus on natural gas. (Indianapolis Star, Bloomberg)

POLITICS: How the GOP became the party of denial on global warming. (San Francisco Chronicle)

EFFICIENCY: In what the franchise owner calls an “experiment,” a Cleveland-area McDonald’s is equipped with a wide range of energy-saving technology, including a 341-panel solar array and a geothermal heating and cooling system. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

COMMENTARY: How the politicization of Fisker Automotive stifles innovation. (OnEarth Magazine)

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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