ENBRIDGE: Federal regulators, citing a “pattern of failures,” will require a safety improvement plan for Enbridge’s entire U.S. system before allowing it to restart a pipeline that ruptured in Wisconsin last week. Meanwhile, Canadian officials will conduct a safety audit of the company’s control room procedures. (Reuters)

ALSO: A dispute between Enbridge and a Colorado company over a connection to a Minnesota terminal is taken to the State Department, covering some of the same legal ground as the Keystone XL debate. (Greenwire)

WIND: A Senate panel yesterday approved a one-year extension of the wind production tax credit after Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley threatened to side with Democrats on the issue. (New York Times)

MEANWHILE: Chicago-based Exelon Corp., one of the largest wind power producers in the U.S., is calling for an end to the production tax credit. (Chicago Tribune)

ETHANOL: Industry backers say E15 will save drivers money. But a closer look at the numbers shows that isn’t necessarily true. (Midwest Energy News)

CLIMATE: A Democratic congressman introduced a bill yesterday that would impose a tax on carbon emissions. (The Hill)

NATURAL GAS: Alliant Energy announces plans for a new $700 million natural gas plant near Marshalltown, Iowa, at a site once under consideration for a new coal generator. The utility will also spend $400 million upgrading two coal plants elsewhere in the state. (Des Moines Register)

NUCLEAR: A new report finds community-wide disaster training in Cedar Rapids,  necessitated by its proximity to a nuclear plant, helped prevent fatalities during the 2008 flooding that devastated the city. (ClimateWire) 

FRACKING: Energy experts say Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s claim that the state has a trillion dollars worth of oil and gas reserves is “way off base” and “probably wrong by a couple of zeroes.” (Associated Press)

LIGHT BULBS: GE announces a fully dimmable CFL bulb, and 3M plans to begin selling a $25 LED bulb with a 25-year lifespan by the end of the month. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, St. Paul Pioneer Press)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Methane gas from a Columbus, Ohio landfill will be harnessed to generate electricity and power vehicles under a $25 million deal announced this week. (Columbus Dispatch)

COMMENTARY: In a Huffington Post interview, Michael Liebreich, CEO of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, says “a different and better energy system is not only just possible, it’s inevitable”; and Media Matters outlines a detailed history of how the Wall Street Journal editorial board has for decades been “on the wrong side of science.”

 

Ken Paulman

Ken Paulman

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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