OIL: The cost of cleaning up the 2010 Kalamazoo River pipeline spill in Michigan has passed $1 billion, according to a document filed with Minnesota regulators. (DeSmog Canada)

WIND: A group of farmers hopes to become the first local owner-producers in Nebraska to generate electricity with wind turbines on their land. (Midwest Energy News)

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ENERGY LOANS: A watchdog report warns of “appearance of favoritism” over hirings related to the Energy Department’s loan program, and the White House may revive a $25 billion program to encourage more efficient cars. (The Hill, Detroit News)

CLIMATE: Congress and the White House prepare for a fight over a series of climate-related regulations currently moving through the EPA. (The Hill)

FRACKING: A lawsuit in Arkansas will test the link between fracking wastewater and earthquakes. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: Wall Street investment banks are interested in energy efficiency, provided backers can create a large enough program to entice them. (The Guardian)

TRANSMISSION: The approval of a new Illinois transmission line required resolving conflicts with the FutureGen coal plant. (Power Engineering)

ETHANOL: The ethanol industry launches an ad blitz to defend the Renewable Fuel Standard. (Des Moines Register)

COMMENTARY: How to keep the North Dakota oil boom from becoming a bursting bubble. (MinnPost)

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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