POLICY: A lawsuit claims Missouri officials are using ALEC-like tactics to weaken the state’s voter-approved renewable energy standard. (Midwest Energy News)

FRACKING: A Cleveland State University study finds shale drilling is leading to increased economic activity but only modest job growth in Ohio. (Columbus Dispatch)

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OIL: A report warns that Enbridge “is still not heeding pipeline investigators/regulators” when it comes to safety, North Dakota officials say hundreds of oil wells currently flaring natural gas are too remote to be connected to pipelines, and the Canadian oil industry pursues other options as key pipeline projects stall. (InsideClimate News, Forum News Service, Maclean’s)

COAL: A Missouri town votes to terminate its contract with the Prairie State Energy Campus, and federal regulators approve the sale of three Illinois coal plants. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, SNL)

POLITICS: Think tanks and lobbyists line up for a fight over FERC nominee Ron Binz. (Politico)

WIND: The Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments from opponents of a 91-turbine wind farm. (Mansfield News Journal)

SOLAR: FERC chairman Jon Wellinghoff says solar power “is going to overtake everything,” and an Indiana town cuts off incentives for a solar manufacturer that has fallen far short of hiring goals. (Greentech Media, Columbus Republic)

NUCLEAR: A Department of Labor grant will help workers affected by the shutdown of the Kewaunee nuclear plant in Wisconsin. (Associated Press)

MICHIGAN: A group advocating for utility choice in Michigan says the state’s electricity rates are making it hard for businesses to compete. (MLive)

NATURAL GAS: A Cincinnati-based ice company is converting its 725-truck fleet to run on natural gas; and officials in Lawrence, Kansas delay purchasing new buses until the feasibility of natural gas can be studied. (Cincinnati Business Courier, Lawrence Journal-World)

EFFICIENCY: Workers at a GM plant in Flint, Michigan celebrate EPA recognition for reducing energy use. (MLive)

CLIMATE: Professors at a Michigan Christian college join a campaign led by evangelical scientists calling for Congress to take action on climate change. (MLive)

MEDIA: Al-Jazeera America had more climate coverage in its first day on the air than CNN and Fox combined aired over the past four months. (Media Matters)

COMMENTARY: How to break an addition to oil. (SmartPlanet)

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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