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OHIO: State Rep. Bill Seitz plans to introduce new legislation to weaken Ohio’s renewable energy law. (Public News Service)

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WIND: A study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds no evidence that wind farms impact home values. (Denver Post)

OIL: A North Dakota oil executive says Keystone XL is no longer needed to ship North Dakota crude, and a Michigan man who protested an Enbridge project by sitting inside a pipeline could face more than two years in prison. (National Journal, Battle Creek Enquirer)

TECHNOLOGY: Researchers project strong growth in markets for energy-saving self-tinting glass as well as compressed air energy storage, and Michigan researchers explore technology that would allow homeowners to monitor not only their electricity use, but the resulting emissions as well. (Greentech Media, CleanTechnica, MLive)

POLITICS: An Indiana Congressman says that while concern for “God’s green earth” should help determine energy policy, he also believes it is “arrogant” to believe climate science. (Purdue Exponent)

ELECTRIC CARS: A made-in Wisconsin EV charging station that can charge a battery to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes opens in Madison, and while new models are driving down electric car prices, research shows most American consumers still consider them too expensive. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,, EarthTechling)

NUCLEAR: An analysis of incident reports finds 17 nuclear plant employees were caught last year using drugs or alcohol on the job. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

BIOENERGY: A wastewater plant in a Kansas City suburb is recognized for its biodigester, which uses waste oil from restaurants to provide half the facility’s power; and a Minnesota project studies the potential of common weeds as biofuel stock. (Kansas City Star, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Mud-slinging undermines the net metering debate. (

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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