UTILITIES: Why Warren Buffet is investing billions in renewable energy. (Wall Street Journal)

ALSO: Utilities and clean energy advocates find some common ground on distributed generation. (Greentech Media)

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SMART GRID: Illinois nonprofits target “hard to reach populations” to help them understand how they can fully benefit from smart meters. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL: Critics say records show railroads are favoring the oil industry. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

FRACKING: An industry conference discusses earthquakes: “we’re not saying it isn’t related to oil and gas, and we’re not saying it is.” (Columbus Business First)

MICHIGAN: A report finds Michigan’s renewable energy investments, predominantly wind, will top $3.5 billion by next year. (MLive)

OHIO: Despite a “freeze” to the state’s renewable energy standard, FirstEnergy is seeking to buy thousands of renewable energy credits. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

COAL: North Dakota officials approve the state’s first new coal mine since the 1970s, and Prairie State hires a new CEO(Forum News Service, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

TRANSMISSION: Illinois regulators approve a new transmission line that is expected to cut carbon emissions by 473,000 tons over 15 years by improving access to clean energy. (Platts)

SOLAR: An Illinois school begins work on a $1.8 million solar array. (Peoria Journal Star)

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TRANSPORTATION: A poll finds Americans prefer expanding transit over building new roads. (Streetsblog)

COMMENTARY: Utility executives call for an end to wind tax credits, and why “coal is king of corporate welfare in Illinois.” (Forbes, Huffington Post)

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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