WIND: A pair of new studies finds that – theoretically – existing wind power technology could produce 10 times as much energy as the world currently consumes. (Associated Press)

ALSO: The American Wind Energy Association has cut ties with Exelon because of its opposition to extending the wind production tax credit. (The Hill)

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NATURAL GAS: Automakers see a rare opportunity for natural gas vehicles to break into the market, but they continue to see the biggest opening in trucks and buses, not passenger cars. (EnergyWire)

OIL: Experts disagree on whether tougher fuel economy standards will reduce the need to import Canadian tar sands oil, and federal regulators close the book on the 2010 Michigan oil spill after Enbridge pays its $3.7 million fine. (InsideClimate News, Detroit Free Press)

CLIMATE: Another consensus among climate scientists is that the U.S. appears to be the only country where they face organized harassment and intimidation, and climatologists warn Iowans to expect more weather extremes in the future. (InsideClimate News, Cedar Rapids Gazette)

MICHIGAN: A former Republican legislative leader says a ballot proposal to increase Michigan’s renewable energy standard is “radical” and shouldn’t be “locked into the constitution.” (

EFFICIENCY: At a Minnesota conference, 3M, Energy Star and other companies share secrets for saving energy with other companies. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

SOLAR: Wisconsin companies join together to promote the state’s solar industry. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

ETHANOL: The EPA signs off on a new biofuel refinery in North Dakota. (Jamestown Sun)

COMMENTARY: David Roberts offers a simple guide for communicating about climate change, and Todd Woody explores whether the U.S. solar boom is slowing down. (Grist, Forbes)

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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