EFFICIENCY: Who’s behind the effort to kill Indiana’s energy efficiency law? (Midwest Energy News)

OIL: An oil spill in North Dakota reaches the Missouri River, pipeline expansions face growing opposition in northern Minnesota, and crews work to clean up oil spilled by a rail car along the Mississippi River in southeast Minnesota. (Associated Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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SOLAR: A solar entrepreneur with a manufacturing facility in Minnesota says he’s being shut out of the state’s rebate program, and officials in an Indiana county consider a 20-acre solar farm. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: Public hearings will be held next week on a license extension for Ohio’s Davis-Besse nuclear plant, and Michigan’s Palisades plant is back in service after a 55-day refueling shutdown. (Toledo Blade, MLive)

TRANSMISSION: A transmission opponent confronts Iowa’s lieutenant governor, and developers of the Grain Belt Express line say they’re “succeeding in clearing the air” with opposing landowners. (Sioux City Journal, Associated Press)

• An Illinois county will decide on an anti-fracking referendum this week. (Associated Press)
• Lawsuits accuse Chesapeake Energy of stiffing landowners on royalty payments. (ProPublica)
• Officials in a Michigan town are divided on fracking. (MLive)
• Large amounts of Utica Shale gas are being sent to the Gulf Coast. (Columbus Business First)

FRAC SAND: A Wisconsin county official won’t be charged over accusations he used his position to benefit a sand mining company he had a financial interest in. (La Crosse Tribune)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A plant in Akron, Ohio will produce fuel from discarded plastic. (Akron Beacon-Journal)

AGGREGATION: An Illinois town will see electrical rates rise under its aggregation deal. (Chicago Tribune)

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UTILIITES: Ameren Illinois wins an award for emergency recovery efforts, and the CEO of We Energies is being honored for his company’s financial performance. (Carbondale Southern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: What the Midwest can learn from Texas on transmission lines, and the renewable energy revolution is skipping Wisconsin. (Midwest Energy News, Madison Capital Times)

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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