PIPELINES: TransCanada proposes another cross-border pipeline, this time to carry oil from North Dakota into Canada. (Forum News Service)

• A North Dakota tribe establishes a spirit camp to protest a proposed oil pipeline. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Kansas regulators consider a utility surcharge to help cover costs of updating natural gas infrastructure. (Topeka Capital-Journal)
• A proposed Wisconsin oil pipeline has not been an issue in the presidential campaign there. (Madison Capital Times)

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TRANSMISSION: It is not yet clear whether the Department of Energy’s support of Clean Line transmission projects will override the opposition of Missouri regulators. (Hannibal Courier-Post)

OHIO: Opponents and proponents react to Ohio regulators’ decision to approve income guarantees for two utilities’ power plants. (Columbus Business First)

• Operators of an Illinois mine plan to seal it off in an effort to extinguish an underground fire that has burned for more than a year. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• An environmental group’s poll finds strong community support for retiring an Illinois coal plant. (Lake County News-Sun)

• Michigan’s second-largest utility partners with a state university on an energy storage pilot project. (Midwest Energy News)
• Missouri lawmakers advance a utility-backed bill intended to incentivize grid upgrades. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

• A USDA grant helps an Ohio brewery install solar panels. (Columbus Business First)
• A Minnesota “speed dating” event helps consumers connect with community solar developers(Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• An Iowa municipal utility plans a new community solar project. (KIMT)

• A Michigan utility is developing a program to help meet large customers’ interest in renewable energy. (MiBiz)
• Kansas regulators approve a utility’s request to raise residential and school transmission charges while cutting rates for businesses. (Wichita Eagle)

NUCLEAR: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs a bill lifting the state’s ban on new nuclear plants. (Associated Press)

OIL BY RAIL: A Minnesota bill would require greater transparency from railroads about their disaster response plans. (Minnesota Public Radio)

CLEAN ENERGY: A Wisconsin campus becomes the first university in the state to source 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. (Stevens Point Journal)

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EFFICIENCY: Madison, Wisconsin competes for a $50 million energy efficiency prize. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COMMENTARY: Ohio regulators’ approval of utility “bailout” requests is a “betrayal” of ratepayers and an example of “no fault capitalism” for utilities. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, Power Magazine)

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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