WIND: As control of Wisconsin’s legislature shifts back to the GOP, what will it mean for the state’s wind industry? (Midwest Energy News)

CLIMATE: The Great Lakes experience record low water levels, and both the White House and a Republican senator say they have no plans to introduce a carbon tax. (ClimateWire, The Hill)

NATURAL GAS: A report finds that deregulation of natural gas prices in Ohio has cost consumers $885 million. (Columbus Dispatch)

THE FUTURE: The International Energy Agency predicts renewable sources will surpass coal and provide a third of the world’s energy by 2035, natural gas will be the largest fuel source in the U.S. by 2030, and efficiency measures can buy the world five additional years to secure a climate deal. (Bloomberg)

FRACKING: Environmentalists raise concerns about “trading water for gas” in Michigan, and a natural gas processor is betting big on Ohio’s Utica Shale. (Crain’s Detroit Business, EnergyWire)

ALSO: South Dakota lawmakers unveil a package of legislative protections to be considered in the event the state sees a serious increase in oil and gas drilling. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

OIL: As Canada’s oil sands industry faces a labor shortage, it looks to economically struggling parts of the U.S. to recruit workers. (Chicago Tribune)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators find most safety issues at Michigan’s Palisades nuclear plant have been resolved, but order additional inspections to be sure. (Holland Sentinel)

TRANSMISSION: An Iowa State University team designs a new power pole that they say will cut costs and prevent outages. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY: Lessons from Ronald Reagan on climate policy, and why climate adaptation will be much worse than prevention. (New York Times, Climate Progress)

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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