OIL TRAINS: A North Dakota town was evacuated yesterday after a train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire. (Reuters)

ALSO: The incident created new urgency around the debate over rail safety, with officials in North Dakota and Minnesota renewing calls for safer tanker cars. (Bismarck Tribune, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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CLIMATE: Global carbon dioxide levels hit 400 parts per million for the first time in over 5 million years, a milestone one scientist calls “both disturbing and daunting.” (Washington Post)

• A Canadian advisory panel backs a plan to store nuclear waste near Lake Huron, a project that has stirred opposition in Michigan. (Associated Press)
• Exelon employees and others rally in Illinois to support a bill to help the company’s nuclear plants compete. (Carbondale Southern Illinoisan)

• Voters in a Michigan township reject a wind project in a ballot referendum. (Huron Daily Tribune)
• An affiliate of a Minnesota utility has purchased its seventh wind farm in 15 months. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A Minnesota inventor enters a licensing deal with a Danish company for his funnel-shaped wind generator. (Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal)

GRID: MISO projects ample power supplies for the Midwest this summer. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

ELECTRIC CARS: Tesla is acquiring a Michigan-based automotive supplier, giving the company its first manufacturing presence in the state. (Detroit Free Press)

• President Obama has missed a deadline to name a permanent head for the agency that oversees pipeline safety. (Politico)
• Enbridge employees conduct a pipeline rupture drill in North Dakota. (Forum News Service)

FRACKING: Chesapeake Energy is seeking to acquire more territory in Ohio. (Columbus Business First)

UTILITIES: Controversy over a Chicago gas-line replacement program could complicate Wisconsin Energy’s effort to acquire Integrys Energy Group. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

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GASOLINE: Gasoline prices are expected to rise again this summer, as experts still disagree on the impact prices have on driving habits. (New York Times, Reuters)

COMMENTARY: Why renewable energy is still the winner in Kansas. (Grist)

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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