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WISCONSIN: Utilities in Wisconsin meet the state’s 10 percent renewable energy target two years early. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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GEOTHERMAL: While Ikea makes headlines for its rooftop solar arrays, its new store near Kansas City will have the largest geothermal system in a three-state area. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL: Documents show railroad pushback against proposed safety rules, a judge recommends approval of a Minnesota pipeline expansion, and Wisconsin regulators OK expansion of an Enbridge tank facility in Superior. (Politico, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Associated Press)

ELECTRIC CARS: Tesla opens up its patents to encourage further development of electric vehicle technology. (Associated Press)

EPA: A White House report says benefits of EPA rules have vastly outweighed the costs, Gina McCarthy again emphasizes efficiency’s role in hitting carbon targets, and Missouri lawmakers contemplate the impact of tougher emissions rules. (Greenwire, The Hill, St. Louis Public Radio)

WIND: A South Dakota community wind project will begin signing up investors, and a Sierra Club campaign targets House Republicans who don’t support extending wind tax credits. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader, The Hill)

NATURAL GAS: The natural gas boom is helping fuel a Wisconsin manufacturer’s growth. (LaCrosse Tribune)

TRANSMISSION: Ameren wraps up comments on a proposed Illinois transmission line. (Peoria Public Radio)

UTILITIES: Utility-line warranty offers raise questions in Ohio. (Columbus Dispatch)

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MEDIA: A new documentary, “Exported from Michigan,” explores the rise of clean energy and other industries in the state. (MLive)

COMMENTARY: How new transmission can open up Wisconsin’s energy options. (LaCrosse Tribune)

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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