COAL: A report finds FirstEnergy's focus on coal “has not been a winning strategy.” (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: Advocate Jeff Biggers says southern Illinois can transition to a clean energy economy. (Carbondale Southern Illinoisan)

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• The Pentagon warns that climate change is a global security threat. (New York Times)
• The winner of a 2014 Nobel Prize for economics argues for carbon caps. (Greenwire)
• Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan says he's still skeptical about climate change. (Associated Press)
• Minnesota officials release a county-by-county breakdown of climate change impacts. (Minnesota Public Radio)

POLITICS: Joni Ernst, a candidate for Iowa's U.S. Senate seat, says the EPA should be eliminated, and the “green conservative” movement continues to build. (Politico, PRI)

WISCONSIN: A new sustainability report says Wisconsin is making progress on biodigesters but falling behind on other renewable energy. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

BAKKEN: North Dakota officials announce plans for a $4 billion chemical plant to process natural gas byproducts, but it won't be built in the Oil Patch. (Bismarck Tribune)

PIPELINES: A Minnesota town's Chamber of Commerce calls on state regulators to speed up approval of the Sandpiper pipeline. (BusinessNorth)

BIOFUELS: Biofuel industry officials say EPA indecision on the renewable fuel mandate has “put us in suspended animation.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

SOLAR: A survey finds utilities can cut solar costs for customers by streamlining the interconnection process. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY:No credible analysis shows that freezing, weakening, or rolling back Ohio’s clean energy standards will save consumers money,” and “we should not blindly create policy” in Wisconsin. (Union of Concerned Scientists, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Ken is the director of the Vxartnews at Fresh Energy, and has led the project from its inception as Midwest Energy News in 2009. 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 held a variety of editing, production, and leadership roles, and played a key role in the newspaper's transition to digital-first publishing. 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.

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