EFFICIENCY: How a Michigan firm became one of the fastest growing companies in America by helping other businesses score rebates and tax breaks for saving energy. (Midwest Energy News)

CLIMATE: How drought and extreme heat are limiting energy production at conventional power plants. (Washington Post)

SOLAR: As utilities in Ohio reach benchmarks for solar power, the value of renewable energy credits begins to plummet; a European solar firm hopes to hire 300 workers for a new Ohio production facility; and a 1 MW solar farm is planned for a former munitions depot in Illinois. (Mansfield News Journal, Toledo Blade, Quad-City Times)

WIND: An Illinois county considers increasing wind turbine setbacks to 2,000 feet. (Rockford Register Star)

LIGHT BULBS: A Department of Energy study finds LED bulbs have a slightly lower overall environmental impact than CFLs, with both surpassing incandescents by a wide margin. (The Oregonian)

COAL: As summer draws to a close, the future of the coal-fired S.S. Badger ferry on Lake Michigan remains in question. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

FRACKING: Ohio towns seek to override state rules and impose tougher restrictions on gas drilling. (Akron Beacon Journal)

OIL: How the oil boom is helping to boost tourism in otherwise seldom-visited North Dakota. (USA Today)

BIOFUELS: In a debate, Iowa Rep. Steve King simultaneously demands government “get out of the way” of free markets while praising the state’s ethanol industry, which is supported by federal mandates. (The Hill)

TRANSMISSION: An Indianapolis utility is lukewarm to the idea of contracting with the Grain Belt Express, a $2 billion transmission project intended to carry wind energy from Kansas to the East Coast. (Indianapolis Star)

ALSO: An Ohio utility is saving millions on trimming trees that tangle with power lines by using chemicals to stunt the trees’ growth instead. (Columbus Dispatch)



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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