OIL: The U.S. is on track to surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer, and demand for electricity is expected to triple in North Dakota’s oil patch. (Associated Press, Dickinson Press)

GET SMART: Some energy experts say a disproportionate amount of attention and resources have been given to smart meters and argue that the term “smart grid” is a misnomer for such systems. (Midwest Energy News)

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MICHIGAN: A forum in Muskegon shows the debate over Proposal 3 is less about renewable energy and more about the use of a constitutional amendment to establish energy policy. (MLive.com)

NUCLEAR: Xcel Energy backs off a plan to spend $237 million upgrading a Minnesota nuclear plant, instead opting to cut costs by using larger fuel rods which require replacement less frequently. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

ALSO: FirstEnergy completes a $6 million emergency response center for the Davis-Besse nuclear plant in Ohio. (Toledo Blade)

CLIMATE: The PBS documentary program Frontline explores the campaign to sow doubt about climate science, and scientist Michael Mann is suing two organizations for defamation after they accused him of academic fraud. (PBS, Scientific American)

NATURAL GAS: City officials in Holland, Michigan say the city’s coal plant site may not be the preferred location for a new natural gas plant. (MLive.com)

EFFICIENCY: A Minnesota entrepreneur develops high-efficiency lighting systems for large-scale applications, and Ameren will give Carbondale, Illinois, a “Most Progressive City” award for energy savings. (BringMeTheNews, Carbondale Southern)

HYDRO: Nebraska’s public utility will study adding more hydropower to its generating portfolio. (Columbus Telegram)

TRANSPORTATION: A Canadian study finds dedicated bicycle infrastructure dramatically reduces injuries. (The Atlantic)

COMMENTARY: Why climate change is absent from this year’s presidential campaign. (Time)

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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